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Fairness is intuitive

Alexander Cappelen (), Ulrik H. Nielsen (), Bertil Tungodden (), Jean-Robert Tyran () and Erik Wengström ()
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Ulrik H. Nielsen: University of Copenhagen, Postal: Øster Farimagsgade 5, building 26, DK-1353 København K,, Denmark.

No 9/2014, Discussion Paper Series in Economics from Norwegian School of Economics, Department of Economics

Abstract: In this paper we provide new evidence showing that fair behavior is intuitive to most people. We nd a strong association between a short response time and fair behavior in the dictator game. This association is robust to controls that take account of the fact that response time might be a ected by the decision-maker's cognitive ability and swiftness. The experiment was conducted with a large and heterogeneous sample recruited from the general population in Denmark. We find a striking similarity in the association between response time and fair behavior across groups in the society, which suggests that the predisposition to act fairly is a general human trait.

Keywords: Response Time; Dictator Game; Experiment; Fairness (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C90 D03 D60 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-04-02
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