Omission Effects in Fairness Behavior
2014 (English)Report (Other academic)
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
Fairness, Social preferences, Morals, Dictator game, Omission
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-112494OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-112494DiVA: diva2:779285