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Title:(Over)-stylizing experimental findings and theorizing with sweeping generality PDF Logo
Authors:Güth, Werner
Kliemt, Hartmut
Levati, Maria Vittoria
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Jena economic research papers 2008,092
Abstract:Human decision making is a process guided by different and partly competing mo-tivations that can each dominate behavior and lead to different effects depending on strength and circumstances. Over-stylizing” neglects such competing concerns and context-dependence, although it facilitates the emergence of elaborate general theories. We illustrate by examples from social dilemma experiments and inequality aversion theories that sweeping empirical claims should be avoided.
Subjects:Context-dependent preferences
experimental economics
equity theo-ries
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Jena Economic Research Papers (2007-2014), Max-Planck-Institut für Ökonomik und Universität Jena

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