Discussion Paper Series in Economics, Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)
Alexander W. Cappelen
Fairness is intuitive.
(), Ulrik H. Nielsen
(), Bertil Tungodden
(), Jean-Robert Tyran
() and Erik Wengström
Abstract: In this paper we provide new evidence showing that fair
behavior is intuitive to most people. We nd a strong association between a
short response time and fair behavior in the dictator game. This
association is robust to controls that take account of the fact that
response time might be aected by the decision-maker's cognitive ability
and swiftness. The experiment was conducted with a large and heterogeneous
sample recruited from the general population in Denmark. We find a striking
similarity in the association between response time and fair behavior
across groups in the society, which suggests that the predisposition to act
fairly is a general human trait.
Keywords: Response Time; Dictator Game; Experiment; Fairness; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: C90; D03; D60; (follow links to similar papers)
16 pages, April 2, 2014
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