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Homo Aqualis: A Cross-Society Experimental Analysis of Three Bargaining Games

Abigail Barr, Chris Wallace, Jean Ensminger and Juan-Camilo Cardenas

No 5427, Documentos CEDE from Universidad de los Andes, Facultad de Economía, CEDE

Abstract: Data from three bargaining games-the Dictator Game, the Ultimatum Game, and the Third-Party Punishment Game-played in 15 societies are presented. The societies range from USundergraduates to Amazonian, Arctic, and African hunter-gatherers. Behaviour within the games varies markedly across societies. The paper investigates whether this behavioural diversity can be explained solely by variations in inequality aversion. Combining a single parameter utility function with the notion of subgame perfection generates a number of testable predictions. While most of these are supported, there are some telling divergences between theory and data: uncertainty and preferences relating to acts of vengeance may have influenced play in the Ultimatum and Third- Party Punishment Games; and a few subjects used the games as an opportunity to engage in costly signalling.

Keywords: Bargaining Games; cross-cultural experiments; inequality aversion (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C72 C9 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 36
Date: 2009-03-05
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-evo, nep-exp, nep-gth, nep-hpe and nep-upt
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