Van Leeuwen, Boris and Alger, Ingela (2019) Estimating Social Preferences and Kantian Morality in Strategic Interactions. TSE 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: November 2019
Place of Publication: Toulouse
Uncontrolled Keywords: social preferences, other-regarding preferences, Kantian morality, morality, experiment, structural estimation, finite mixture models
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: 27 Apr 2020 08:37
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2023 10:38
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