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Vol. 19. Issue 1.
Pages 3-15 (January - December 2014)
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Vol. 19. Issue 1.
Pages 3-15 (January - December 2014)
DOI: 10.1016/j.gemrev.2014.12.001
Psychological ownership, group affiliation and other-regarding behaviour: Some evidence from dictator games
Priyodorshi Banerjeea, Sujoy Chakravartyb,
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a Economic Research Unit, ISI Kolkata, Kolkata, India
b Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
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We find that dictator giving is higher in group environments, where the dictator and recipient share a common group affiliation, and the funds are group-owned, than in the benchmark individual environment, where the dictator and recipient do not share a group affiliation, and the funds are owned by the dictator. A move to the group environment from the individual environment involves two distinct shifts: one, a shift in affiliation, where the dictator gives to a group member, rather than just a randomly matched partner out of his own fund, and, two, a shift in ownership, where the dictator gives out of group-owned rather than personal funds, in either case to a group member. We implemented these two shifts through linguistic framing of instructions. Our results show that,although simple group framing does lead to a somewhat higher give rate, group framing combined with joint psychological ownership of the endowment leads to significantly higher average offers in the dictator game.

Psychological ownership
Dictator game
Minimal group
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