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Omission Effects in Fairness Behavior
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies.
2014 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

We investigate whether individuals are more prone to act selfishly if they can passively allow

for an outcome to be implemented (omission) rather than having to make an active choice

(commission). In most settings, active and passive choice alternatives differ in terms of factors

such as defaults, costs of taking an action, and awareness. Isolating the distinction between

active and passive choices in an experiment, we find no omission effect in fairness behavior.

This suggests that increased selfishness through omission, as observed in various economic

choice situations, is driven by these other factors rather than a preference for selfish omissions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Handelshögskolan , 2014. , 42 p.
, SSE Working Paper Series in Economics, 2014:1
Keyword [en]
Fairness, Social preferences, Morals, Dictator game, Omission
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-112494OAI: diva2:779285
Available from: 2015-01-12 Created: 2015-01-12 Last updated: 2015-02-10Bibliographically approved

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