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Ethical altruism and redistribution: an experimental approach

Luigi Mittone

No 301, CEEL Working Papers from Cognitive and Experimental Economics Laboratory, Department of Economics, University of Trento, Italia

Abstract: The focus of this paper is on altruism and coordination among agents with different income levels. A special form of altruism (ethical altruism) is investigated by means of experiments. The definition of altruism here used takes the hint by the A. Sen�s concept of obligation, i.e. behaviours that produce advantage to someone whose welfare is not important at all for the agent�s wellbeing. In this sense this paper investigate on altruism without reciprocity. A second hypothesis here investigated is that the degree of extent of the ethical altruism is influenced by gender and by income differences within the population.

Date: 2003
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