Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/56865
Authors: 
Carlsson, Frederik
Kataria, Mitesh
Lampi, Elina
Levati, M. Vittoria
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Jena economic research papers 2010,089
Abstract: 
We augment a standard dictator game to investigate how preferences for an environmental project relate to willingness to limit others' choices. We explore this issue by distinguishing three student groups: economists, environmental economists, and environmental social scientists. We find that people are generally disposed to grant freedom of choice, but only within certain limits. In addition, our results are in line with the widely held belief that economists are more selfish than other people. Yet, against the notion of consumer sovereignty, conomists are not less likely to restrict others' choices and impose restrictions closer to their own preferences than the other student groups.
Subjects: 
dictator game
charitable giving
social preferences
paternalism
JEL: 
C92
D64
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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