Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/129549
Authors: 
Winschel, Evguenia
Zahn, Philipp
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Series, Department of Economics, University of Mannheim 13-07r
Abstract: 
In most laboratory experiments concerning prosocial behavior subjects are fully informed how their decision influences the payoff of other players. Outside the laboratory, however, individuals typically have to decide without such detailed knowledge. To asses the effect of information asymmetries on prosocial behavior, we conduct a laboratory experiment with a simple non-strategic interaction. A dictator has only limited knowledge about the benefits his prosocial action generates for a recipient. We observe subjects with heterogenous social preferences. While under symmetric information only individuals with the same type of preferences transfer, under asymmetric information different types transfer at the same time. As a consequence and the main finding of our experiment, uninformed dictators behave more prosocially than informed dictators.
Subjects: 
Asymmetric Information
Prosocial Behavior
Efficiency Concern
Inequality Aversion
Dictator Game
JEL: 
D82
C91
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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