Impure altruism or inequality aversion?: An experimental investigation based on income effects

Modak Chowdhury, Subhasish and Jeon, Joo Young (2014) Impure altruism or inequality aversion?: An experimental investigation based on income effects. Journal of Public Economics, 118. pp. 143-150. ISSN 0047-2727

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Abstract

We investigate the consequences of a pure income effect on the altruistic behavior of donors. Inequality aversion theories predict either no effect or a decrease in giving, whereas impure altruism theory predicts an increase in giving with an increase in the common income of donor and receiver. Theoretical predictions being contradictory, we run a dictator game in which we vary the common show-up fee of both the dictator and the recipient, while keeping an extra amount to be shared the same. The results are in line with the prediction of the impure altruism theory.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an open access article published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) licence.
Uncontrolled Keywords: altruism,dictator-game,income effect,impure altruism,inequality aversion
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2014 14:36
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2021 02:27
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/50476
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2014.07.003

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