What is Fair? Experimental Evidence

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
David L. Dickinson Ph.D., Professor (Creator)
Institution
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: http://www.library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: There has been growing interest within the economics discipline in the role of equity concerns in the distribution of resources. This paper presents empirical evidence from controlled laboratory experiments where third-party decision makers allocate resources between two individuals. The experimental results indicate that subjects view a wide range of different allocations as the fair distribution of resources. However, regression analysis indicates that both treatment effects and a few demographic variables explain some of this variation in fairness concepts. Most significantly, decision makers rewarded subjects who earned their favorable positions, and the gender of the decision maker was an important predictor of the allocation chosen.

Additional Information

Publication
Dickinson, David L., and J. Tiefenthaler (2002) What is Fair? Experimental Evidence. Southern Economic Journal¸ 69(2): 414-28. (ISSN: 0038-4038) Published by the Southern Economic Association (October 2002). Archived in NCDOCKS with permission of the managing editor.
Language: English
Date: 2002