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Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) Discussion Paper Series in Economics, Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)

No 9/2014:
Fairness is intuitive.

Alexander W. Cappelen (), 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 a ected 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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