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Heaven Game

Aurora García-Gallego (), Nikolaos Georgantzís () and Maria Jose Ruiz Martos ()
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Maria Jose Ruiz Martos: Department of Economic Theory and Economic History, University of Granada.

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No 15/07, ThE Papers from Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada.

Abstract: We present an experiment on the Heaven game, a generalization of the dictator game. The heavendictator player chooses between increasing, decreasing and maintaining the earnings of the passive player, without incurring any cost or profit. Thus, we avoid the experimenter demand effect. Based on the psychological literature on music as mood inductor and on the effects of mood on helping behavior, we also study the effect of exposure to different types of music on the heaven-dictator choices. We find that the overwhelming majority of subjects choose to increase their partners’ earnings and no general effect of music over the heaven-dictator choices, except for classical music that seems to foster helping-indifference behavior.

Keywords: experimental economics; behavioural economics; other-regarding preferences; musicinduced mood; dictator game (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C72 C91 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 11 pages
Date: 2015-12-07
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-exp, nep-gth and nep-hpe
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