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Smile, Dictator, You’re on Camera

Joy A. Buchanan (), Matthew K. McMahon (), Matthew Simpson () and Bart Wilson ()
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Joy A. Buchanan: Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science and Department of Economics, George Mason University
Matthew K. McMahon: Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science and Department of Economics, George Mason University
Matthew Simpson: Department of Statistics, University of Missouri - Columbia

No 1061, Working Papers from George Mason University, Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science

Abstract: We investigate the degree to which people in a shopping mall express other-regarding behavior in the dictator game. Whereas many studies have attempted to increase the social distance between the dictator and experimenter and between the dictator and dictatee, we attempt to minimize that social distance between random strangers by video recording the decisions with the permission of the dictators to display their image on the Internet. Offers made by dictators are high relative to other experiments and a nontrivial number give the entire experimental windfall away, however a nontrivial number of people keep everything as well.

Keywords: experimental economics; social distance; dictator game (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A13 C70 C93 D63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 29
Date: 2016-12
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-exp, nep-gth and nep-hpe
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