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Title:Moral distance and moral motivations in dictator games PDF Logo
Authors:Aguiar, Fernando
Brañas-Garza, Pablo
Miller, Luis M.
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:Jena economic research papers 2007,047
Abstract:We perform an experimenta linvestigation using a dictator game in which individuals must make a moral decision —to give or not to give an amount of money to poor people in the Third World. A questionnaire in which the subjects are asked about the reasons for their decision shows that, at least in this case, moral motivations carry a heavy weight in the decision: the majority of dictators give the money for reasons of a consequentialist nature. Based on the results presented here and of other analogous experiments, we conclude that dicator behavior can be understood in terms of moral distance rather than social distance and that it systematically deviates from the egoism assumption in economic models and game theory.
Subjects:Dictator game
moral distance
moral motivations
experimental economics
JEL:A13
C72
C91
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Jena Economic Research Papers, MPI für Ökonomik

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