Rarer Actions: Giving and Taking in Third-Party Punishment Games

dc.creatorHalliday, S.
dc.date2012-12-03T12:07:39Z
dc.date2012-12-03T12:07:39Z
dc.date2011-06
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-28T10:05:10Z
dc.date.available2015-05-28T10:05:10Z
dc.date.issued2015-05-28
dc.descriptionIn attempting to understand cooperation, economists have used the methods of experimental economics to focus on spheres of human behavior in which humans display altruism, reciprocity, or other social preferences through giving and through punishment. Recent work has begun to examine whether allowing allocations in the negative domain, that is, allowing subjects to take (or steal) other subjects" endowments, might affect participants" behavior. If participants" behavior is a affected, then our understanding of experimental results generally, and social preferences specifically, should be affected too (List 2007, Bardsley 2008). In this paper we propose an experimental variation on the Dictator Game with third-party punishment (Fehr & Fischbacher 2004b). We examine, first, a basic Dictator Game with third-party punishment, after which we introduce a treatment allowing the dictator to take from the receiver, in the knowledge that the third party could punish them. The results conict. Many dictators choose the most self-interested option, while, when taking is introduced as an option for the dictator, third parties punish the most self-interested option more than in the baseline.
dc.identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/11090/81
dc.identifier.ris TY - Report DA - 2015-05-28 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2015 T1 - Rarer Actions: Giving and Taking in Third-Party Punishment Games TI - Rarer Actions: Giving and Taking in Third-Party Punishment Games UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11090/81 ER - en_ZA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11090/81
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherSouthern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit
dc.publisher.departmentSALDRUen_ZA
dc.publisher.facultyFaculty of Commerceen_ZA
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cape Town
dc.titleRarer Actions: Giving and Taking in Third-Party Punishment Games
dc.typeReport
uct.type.publicationResearchen_ZA
uct.type.resourceSALDRU Reporten_ZA
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