What is fair? Experimental evidence
David Dickinson and
No 2000-04, Working Papers from Utah State University, Department of Economics
There has been growing interest within the economics discipline in the role of equity concerns in the distribution of resources. This paper presents empirical evidence from a series of controlled laboratory experiments where third-party decision-makers must allocate resources between two individuals. The experimental results indicate that subjects view a wide range of different allocations as the fair distribution of resources. However, regression analysis indicates that both treatment effects and a few demographic variables explain some of this variation in fairness concepts. Most significantly, decision-makers rewarded subjects who earned their favorable positions and the gender of the decision-maker was an important predictor of the allocation chosen.
Keywords: Fairness; equity; experiments (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D63 C91 Z00 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 37 pages
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