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FAIRNESS-BASED ALTRUISM AND REDISTRIBUTION: AN EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH

Inequality, Welfare and Income Distribution: Experimental Approaches

ISBN: 978-0-76231-113-2, eISBN: 978-1-84950-276-4

ISSN: 1049-2585

Publication date: 14 July 2004

Abstract

The focus of this paper is on altruism and coordination among agents with different income levels. A special form of altruism (fairness based or ethical altruism) is investigated by means of experiments. The definition of altruism used here follows from A. Sen’s concept of obligation, i.e. behaviour that produces advantage for someone whose welfare is not important at all for the agent’s well-being. In this sense, the paper investigates altruism without reciprocity. A second hypothesis investigated is that the extent of ethical altruism is influenced by gender and by income differences within the population.

Citation

Mittone, L. (2004), "FAIRNESS-BASED ALTRUISM AND REDISTRIBUTION: AN EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH", Cowell, F. (Ed.) Inequality, Welfare and Income Distribution: Experimental Approaches (Research on Economic Inequality, Vol. 11), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 181-213. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1049-2585(04)11009-0

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