Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/94034
Authors: 
Fehr, Ernst
Naef, Michael
Schmidt, Klaus M.
Year of Publication: 
2004
Series/Report no.: 
SFB/TR 15 Discussion Paper 30
Abstract: 
Engelmann and Strobel (AER 2004) claim that a combination of efficiency seeking and minmax preferences dominates inequity aversion in simple dictator games. This result relies on a strong subject pool effect. The participants of their experiments were undergraduate students of economics and business administration who self-selected into their field of study and learned early on that efficiency is desirable. We show that for non-economists the preference for efficiency is much less pronounced. We also find a gender effect indicating that women are more egalitarian than men. However, perhaps surprisingly, the dominance of equality over efficiency is unrelated to political attitudes.
Subjects: 
Social Preferences
Inequity Aversion
Efficiency Preferences
JEL: 
C7
C91
C92
D63
D64
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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