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Do People Care about Social Context? Framing Effects in Dictator Games

Anna Dreber (), Tore Ellingsen (), Magnus Johannesson () and David Rand ()
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David Rand: Harvard University, Postal: Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, Harvard University, 1 Brattle Sq Suite 6, Cambridge MA, 02138, USA

No 738, SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance from Stockholm School of Economics

Abstract: Many previous experiments document that behavior in multi-person settings responds to the name of the game and the labeling of strategies. Usually these studies cannot tell whether frames affect preferences or beliefs. In this Dictator game study, we investigate whether social framing effects are also present when only one of the subjects makes a decision, in which case the frame may only affect preferences. We find that behavior is insensitive to social framing.

Keywords: beliefs; preferences; framing effects; altruism; cooperation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C70 C91 D03 D64 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-evo, nep-exp, nep-gth, nep-hpe, nep-mic and nep-soc
Date: 2011-09-14
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