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Estimating Social Preferences and Kantian Morality in Strategic Interactions

Ingela Alger () and Boris van Leeuwen ()

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Abstract: Recent theoretical work suggests that a form of Kantian morality has evolutionary foundations. To investigate the relative importance of Kantian morality and social preferences, we run laboratory experiments on strategic interaction in social dilemmas. Using a structural model, we estimate social preferences and morality concerns both at the individual level and the aggregate level. We observe considerable heterogeneity in social preferences and Kantian morality. A finite mixture analysis shows that the subject pool is well described as consisting of two types. One exhibits a combination of inequity aversion and Kantian morality, while the other combines spite and Kantian morality.

Keywords: Social preference; Kantian morality; Other-regarding preferences; Morality; Experiment; Structural estimation; Finite mixture models (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-02-16
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