Egalitarian motives in humans

  title={Egalitarian motives in humans},
  author={Christopher T. Dawes and James H. Fowler and Tim Johnson and Richard Mcelreath and Oleg Smirnov},
Participants in laboratory games are often willing to alter others' incomes at a cost to themselves, and this behaviour has the effect of promoting cooperation. What motivates this action is unclear: punishment and reward aimed at promoting cooperation cannot be distinguished from attempts to produce equality. To understand costly taking and costly giving, we create an experimental game that isolates egalitarian motives. The results show that subjects reduce and augment others’ incomes, at a… Expand

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