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Do Cultures Clash? Evidence from Cross-National Ultimatum Game Experiments

Swee-Hoon Chuah (), Robert Hoffmann (), Martin Jones () and Geoffrey Williams
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Martin Jones: Department of Economic Studies, University of Dundee, http://www.dundee.ac.uk/econman

Occasional Papers from Industrial Economics Division

Abstract: Economic, political and social globalisation entails increasing interaction between individuals of different cultures. While experimental economists have established differences between the behaviour within different cultures, the effect of cultural difference on cross-culture interactions has so far not been sufficiently explored. This paper reports on the results of experiments with ultimatum games designed for this purpose, in which Malaysian Chinese and UK subjects played opponents of their own as well as of the other culture. We find that cultural differences exist between the behaviour of Western and Asians interacting (a) within their own respective national groups, and (b) with members of the other group. This evidence is discussed in terms of the possibility of a 'clash of cultures'.

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JEL-codes: C78 C91 D64 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2004
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-cul, nep-evo and nep-exp
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