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

  • Büchner S
  • Coricelli G
  • Greiner B
  • 43


    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 13


    Citations of this article.


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.

Author-supplied keywords

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

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document


  • Susanne Büchner

  • Giorgio Coricelli

  • Ben Greiner

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free