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Estimating Social Preferences and Kantian Morality in Strategic Interactions

Alger, Ingela and Van Leeuwen, Boris (2021) Estimating Social Preferences and Kantian Morality in Strategic Interactions. IAST working paper, n. 19-1056, Toulouse

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Recent theoretical work suggests that a form of Kantian morality has evolutionary foundations. To investigate the relative importance of Kantian morality and social preferences, we run laboratory experiments on strategic interaction in social dilemmas. Using a structural model, we estimate social preferences and morality concerns both at the individual level and the aggregate level. We observe considerable heterogeneity in social preferences and Kantian morality. A finite mixture analysis shows that the subject pool is well described as consisting of two types. One exhibits a combination of inequity aversion and Kantian morality, while the other combines spite and Kantian morality.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Language: English
Date: January 2021
Place of Publication: Toulouse
JEL Classification: C49 - Other
C72 - Noncooperative Games
C9 - Design of Experiments
C91 - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
D03 - Behavioral Economics; Underlying Principles
D84 - Expectations; Speculations
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Institution: Université Toulouse 1 Capitole
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2019 10:57
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 07:53
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