Self-centered and other-regarding behavior in the solidarity game

  • Büchner S
  • Coricelli G
  • Greiner B
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Abstract

This paper revisits the experiment on the solidarity game by Selten and Ockenfels [Selten, R., Ockenfels, A., 1998. An experimental solidarity game. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 34, 517-539]. We replicate the basic design and extend it to test the robustness of the 'fixed total sacrifice' effect and the applied strategy method. Our results only partially confirm the validity of the fixed total sacrifice effect. In a treatment with constant group endowment rather than constant winner endowment, the predominance of 'fixed total sacrifice' behavior is replaced by 'fixed relative gift' behavior. We do not find correlations between actual gift behavior and measures of empathy-driven pro-social behavior used in social science. © 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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  • Experimental economics
  • Fixed total sacrifice
  • Game theory
  • Solidarity

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Authors

  • Susanne Büchner

  • Giorgio Coricelli

  • Ben Greiner

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