Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation

The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy

Editor-in-Chief: Jürges, Hendrik / Ludwig, Sandra

Ed. by Auriol , Emmanuelle / Brunner, Johann / Fleck, Robert / Friebel, Guido / Mendola, Mariapia / Requate, Till / Tsui, Kevin / Wichardt, Philipp / Zulehner, Christine

4 Issues per year

IMPACT FACTOR 2014: 0.336
5-year IMPACT FACTOR: 0.848

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2014: 0.633
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2014: 0.606
Impact per Publication (IPP) 2014: 0.640


Fairness in Extended Dictator Game Experiments

Felix Oberholzer-Gee1 / Reiner Eichenberger2

1Harvard University,

2University of Fribourg,

Citation Information: The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy. Volume 8, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 1935-1682, DOI: 10.2202/1935-1682.1718, July 2008

Publication History

Published Online:


We test the robustness of behavior in dictator games by offering allocators the choice to play an unattractive lottery. With this lottery option, mean transfers from allocators to recipients substantially decline, partly because many allocators now keep the entire endowment for themselves (without playing the lottery). In our standard dictator game, the median transfer amounts to 41% of the dictators' endowment. Once the lottery option is present, the median transfer falls to zero. Introducing an additional unattractive choice thus leads subjects to violate the weak axiom of revealed preference (WARP).

Keywords: dictator game; fairness

Citing Articles

Here you can find all Crossref-listed publications in which this article is cited. If you would like to receive automatic email messages as soon as this article is cited in other publications, simply activate the “Citation Alert” on the top of this page.

Christina M. Fong and Felix Oberholzer-Gee
Journal of Public Economics, 2011, Volume 95, Number 5-6, Page 436
Stephen Mark Rosenbaum, Stephan Billinger, and Nils Stieglitz
International Journal of Development Issues, 2013, Volume 12, Number 3, Page 192
Gunter Bahr and Till Requate
German Economic Review, 2014, Volume 15, Number 3, Page 374

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.