Discussion Paper Series in Economics, Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)
Luck, Choice and Responsibility. An experimental study of fairness views.
(), Bjørn-Atle Reme
() and Erik Ø. Sørensen
Abstract: We conduct a laboratory experiment where third-party
spectators can redistribute resources between two agents, thereby
offsetting the consequences of controllable and uncontrollable luck. Some
spectators go to the limits and equalize all or no inequalities, but many
follow an interior allocation rule previously unaccounted for by the
fairness views in the literature. These interior allocators regard an
agent’s choice as more important than the cause of her low income and do
not always compensate bad uncontrollable luck. Instead, they condition such
compensation on the agent’s decision regarding controllable luck exposure,
even though the two types of luck are independent.
Keywords: Fairness; responsibility; option luck; brute luck; experimen.; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: C91; D63; D81; H23; (follow links to similar papers)
31 pages, March 7, 2014
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