Dictator games: a meta study

  title={Dictator games: a meta study},
  author={Christoph Engel},
  journal={Experimental Economics},
  • C. Engel
  • Published 1 March 2010
  • Economics
  • Experimental Economics
Over the last 25 years, more than a hundred dictator game experiments have been published. This meta study summarises the evidence. Exploiting the fact that most experiments had to fix parameters they did not intend to test, in multiple regression the meta study is able to assess the effect of single manipulations, controlling for a host of alternative explanatory factors. The resulting rich dataset also provides a testbed for comparing alternative specifications of the statistical model for… 
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