SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance
Do People Care about Social Context? Framing Effects in Dictator Games
(), Tore Ellingsen
(), Magnus Johannesson
() and David Rand
Abstract: Many previous experiments document that behavior in
multi-person settings responds to the name of the game and the labeling of
strategies. Usually these studies cannot tell whether frames affect
preferences or beliefs. In this Dictator game study, we investigate whether
social framing effects are also present when only one of the subjects makes
a decision, in which case the frame may only affect preferences. We find
that behavior is insensitive to social framing.
Keywords: beliefs; preferences; framing effects; altruism; cooperation; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: C70; C91; D03; D64; (follow links to similar papers)
38 pages, September 14, 2011
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