Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/162770
Authors: 
Albrecht, Konstanze
Krämer, Florentin
Szech, Nora
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
WZB Discussion Paper SP II 2017-307
Abstract: 
We elicit concern for animal welfare in an incentivized, direct and real setup that allows us to separate genuine interest in animal welfare from confounding factors like advertisement, replacement arguments or image concerns. Subjects choose between intensive farming and organic living conditions for a laying hen. Opting for better living conditions is costly, but guarantees better food, daylight, and more space to the hen. Hence subjects have to trade off a selfish benefit (money) against the welfare of a hen. Our data shed light on a long-standing philosophical debate about the relationship between animal welfare and human ethics. We confirm that subjects with higher interests in the hen's well-being exhibit higher moral standards towards humans. Supporters of intensive farming are significantly less prosocial and open-minded, and more Machiavellian than others.
Subjects: 
Animal welfare
human ethics
experiment
sustainability
JEL: 
D01
D62
D69
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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