Economic status and acknowledgement of earned entitlement

Barr, Abigail and Burns, Justine and Miller, Luis and Shaw, Ingrid (2015) Economic status and acknowledgement of earned entitlement. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization . ISSN 0167-2681 (In Press)

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Abstract

We present a series of experiments that investigates whether tendencies to acknowledge entitlement owing to effort and productivity are associated with within society economic status. Each participant played a four-person dictator game under one of two treatments, under one initial endowments were earned, under the other they were randomly assigned. The experiments were conducted in the United Kingdom, and South Africa. In both locations we found that relatively well-off individuals make allocations to others that reflect those others’ initial endowments more when those endowments were earned rather than random; among relatively poor individuals this was not the case.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (23 February 2015) doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2015.02.012 JEL Classification: D63, C91, C93
Keywords: Distributive Justice, Inequality, Laboratory Experiments
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2015.02.012
Depositing User: Hughes, Hilary
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2015 08:12
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2016 17:17
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/28671

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