Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/162427
Authors: 
Greiff, Matthias
Ackermann, Kurt A.
Murphy, Ryan O.
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Series, University of Zurich, Department of Economics 224
Abstract: 
Different social contexts have been used when measuring distributional preferences. This could be problematic as contextual variance may inadvertently muddle the measurement process. We use a within-subjects design and measure distributional preferences in resource allocation tasks with role certainty, role uncertainty, decomposed games, and matrix games. Results show that, at the aggregate level, role uncertainty and decomposed games lead to higher degrees of prosociality when compared to role certainty. At the individual level, we observe considerable differences in behavior across the social contexts, indicating that the majority of people are sensitive to these different social settings but respond in different ways.
Subjects: 
Distributional preferences
social preferences
other regarding preferences
Social Value Orientation (SVO)
measurement methods
individual differences
JEL: 
C91
D03
D64
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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