Inequality and Procedural Fairness in a Money Burning and Stealing Experiment

@inproceedings{Zizzo2004InequalityAP,
  title={Inequality and Procedural Fairness in a Money Burning and Stealing Experiment},
  author={D. Zizzo},
  year={2004}
}
This paper presents the results of an experiment where an unequal wealth distribution was created and then subjects could act to change this wealth distribution. Subjects received money by betting and possibly by arbitrary (“undeserved”) gifts; they could then pay to reduce, redistribute and, in half of the sessions, steal money from others. The experimental results are incompatible with some standard models of interdependent preferences. Over 80% of redistributors were rank egalitarian, but… Expand
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Generous with individuals and selfish to the masses.
TLDR
Direct empirical evidence is provided showing that individual selfishness in high-impact decisions affecting a large group is compatible with prosociality in bilateral low-stakes interactions, that is, human beings can simultaneously be generous with others and selfish with large groups. Expand
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