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ID: 331230.0, MPI für Ökonomik / Strategic Interaction Group
Personal Identity in the Dictator Game
Authors:Aguiar, Fernando; Branas-Garza, Pablo; Espinosa, Maria Pas; Miller, Luis M.
Language:English
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2007
Total Number of Pages:26
Title of Series:Jena economic research papers (JERP)
Issue / Number:2007-07
Corporate Body (Series Editor):Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena; Max-Planck-Institut für Ökonomik
Copyright:2007
Review Status:Internal review
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:This paper aims to analize the role of personal identity in decision making. To this end, it starts by reviewing critically the growing literature on economics and identity. Considering the ambiguities that the concept of social identity poses, our proposal focuses on the concept of personal identity. A formal model to study how personal identity enters in individuals’ utility function when facing a Dictator Game decision is then presented. Finally, this "identity-based" utility function is studied experimentally.
The experiment allows us to study the main parameters of the model, suggesting that we should move with caution when attributing identities to individuals.
Free Keywords:personal identity; dictator game; game theory; experiments
Classification / Thesaurus:JEL Classification: A13; C72; C91
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Paper
Affiliations:MPI für Ökonomik/Abteilung Strategische Interaktion
Identifiers:ISSN:1864-7057
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