Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/85576
Authors: 
Offerman, Theo
Year of Publication: 
1999
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 99-018/1
Abstract: 
This paper investigates an implication of the self-serving bias for reciprocalresponses. It is hypothesized that negative intentionality matters more thanpositive intentionality for reciprocating individuals with a self-servingattributional style. Experimental evidence obtained in the hot response gamesupports this prediction. Subjects are 67% more likely to reciprocate anintentional hurtful choice over an unintentional hurtful choice. Subjects areonly 25% more likely to reciprocate an intentional helpful choice over anunintentional helpful choice. The evidence on the intermediating role ofemotions is consistent with the explanation offered by the self-serving bias.
Subjects: 
reciprocity
intentionality
self-serving bias
experiment
JEL: 
C70
C92
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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