Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/180311
Authors: 
Bergh, Andreas
Wichardt, Philipp Christoph
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 7049
Abstract: 
This paper reports results from a classroom dictator game comparing the effects of three different sets of standard instructions. The results show that seemingly small differences in instructions induce fundamentally different perceptions regarding entitlement. Behavior is affected accordingly, i.e. instructions inducing subjects to perceive the task as distributive rather than a task of generosity lead to higher allocations to receivers (average 52% vs. 35%). A theoretical explanation integrating monetary as well as social incentives and emphasizing potential effects of uncertainty about the latter is discussed (cf. Bergh and Wichardt, 2018).
Subjects: 
dictator games
framing effects
property rights
social preferences
JEL: 
C70
C91
D63
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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