Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/104162
Authors: 
Fehr, Ernst
Näf, Michael
Schmidt, Klaus M.
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
Munich Discussion Paper 2005-19
Abstract: 
Engelmann and Strobel (AER 2004) question the relevance of inequity aversion in simple dictator game experiments claiming that a combination of a preference for efficiency and a Rawlsian motive for helping the least well-off is more important than inequity aversion. We show that these results are partly based on a strong subject pool effect. The participants of the E&S experiments were undergraduate students of economics and business administration who self-selected into their field of study (economics) and learned in the first semester that efficiency is desirable. We show that for non-economists the preference for efficiency is much less pronounced. We also find a non-negligible gender effect indicating that women are more egalitarian than men. However, perhaps surprisingly, the dominance of equality over efficiency is unrelated to political attitudes.
Subjects: 
Social Preferences
Inequity Aversion
Efficiency Preferences
JEL: 
C7
C91
C92
D63
D64
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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