The role of morals in three-player ultimatum games
Francesco Fallucchi () and
No 16-05R, Working Paper series, University of East Anglia, Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS) from School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.
We experimentally investigate the role of responders' moral concerns in three-player ultimatum bargaining. In our experiment, proposers can increase their share of the pie at the expenses of an NGO that conducts humanitarian aid in emergency areas. We find that responders are not willing to engage in 'immoral' transactions only when fully informed about proposers' behavior toward the NGO. Under complete information, their willingness to reject offers increases with the strength of the harm to the NGO. Moreover, the possibility to nullify the effects of the negative externality through rejection further increases their willingness to reject. We show that the latter result is better explained by a model of consequentialist moral concerns toward the NGO rather than deontological morality about own actions.
Keywords: three-player ultimatum game; moral reasoning; experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C72 C91 D6 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Journal Article: The role of morals in three-player ultimatum games (2019)
Working Paper: The Role of Morals in Three-Player Ultimatum Games (2018)
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