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Experimental Investigations on Fairness and Social Norms in Allocation Settings

Schmidt, Robert

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Abstract

The research agenda that guides this dissertation is characterized by the three aspects specified in the title. First, all of the projects are experimental investigations. That is, I apply the method of incentivized economic experiments in order to answer research questions through the generation of behavioral data in the "laboratory". Second, all of the experiments involve the elicitation of fairness perceptions or perceptions of social norms. Third, the experimental paradigms used in the projects represent allocation settings, where some active individuals decide about how resources are allocated, while some passive subjects depend on these decisions. Finally, the majority of the projects is connected through a methodological aspect, since most of the experiments contain coordination games, through which I try to draw inferences about the subjects´ traits on the individual level. The combined data of the projects indicate large potential to apply coordination games as an incentivized crowd wisdom device and to use coordination choices on the individual level as a tractable tool to extract private information.

Item Type: Dissertation
Supervisor: Schwieren, Prof. Dr. Christiane
Place of Publication: Heidelberg
Date of thesis defense: 10 March 2020
Date Deposited: 13 May 2020 09:22
Date: 2020
Faculties / Institutes: The Faculty of Economics and Social Studies > Alfred-Weber-Institut for Economics
Subjects: 150 Psychology
330 Economics
Controlled Keywords: Ökonomische und psychologische Experimente, Fairness und soziale Normen, Koordinationsspiele
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