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Title: Moral distance in dictator games
Authors: Aguiar, Fernando
Brañas-Garza, Pablo
Miller, Luis
Issue Date: 2008
Abstract: We perform an experimental investigation using a dictator game in which individuals must make a moral decision — to give or not to give an amount of money to poor people in the Third World. A questionnaire in which the subjects are asked about the reasons for their decision shows that, at least in this case, moral motivations carry a heavy weight in the decision: the majority of dictators give the money for reasons of a consequentialist nature. Based on the results presented here and of other analogous experiments, we conclude that dicator behavior can be understood in terms of moral distance rather than social distance and that it systematically deviates from the egoism assumption in economic models and game theory.
Publisher: Society for Judgment and Decision Making
Keywords: Dictator game
Moral distance
Moral motivations
Experimental economics
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10481/32918
ISSN: 1930-2975
Citation: Aguiar, F.; Brañas-Garza, P.; Miller, L.M. Moral distance in dictator games. Judgment and Decision Making, 3(4): 344-354 (2008). [http://hdl.handle.net/10481/32918]
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