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How to elicit distributional preferences: A stress-test of the equality equivalence test

Michal Krawczyk and Fabrice Le Lec

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2021, vol. 182, issue C, 13-28

Abstract: The experimental measurement of social preferences has led to somewhat equivocal results. The experimental Equality Equivalence Test proposed by Kerschbamer (2015) is a promising, simple, model-free and comprehensive tool for eliciting distributional social preferences. We here assess the validity of this method by modifying it so that we can test its key assumption: that the strength of the concern for the inactive player depends only on whether her payoff is above or below that of the decision-maker. In general, we find that this assumption holds. Moreover, the prevalence of types of social preferences that we observe is similar to that in the original paper, with selfish and quasi-maximin (Charness and Rabin 2002) being the most common.

Keywords: Social preference; Fairness models; Distributive justice; Indifference curves; Altruism; Concern for efficiency; Inequity aversion; Quasi-maximin (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C9 D03 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2020.11.028

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