Fairness and Accountability: Testing Models of Social Norms in Unequal

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dc.contributor.author Visser, Martine
dc.date.accessioned 2013-11-28T19:51:34Z
dc.date.available 2013-11-28T19:51:34Z
dc.date.issued 2013-11
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-920517-57-1
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11090/680
dc.description JEL Classification:C9, C72, D63, D64, H41, Z13 en_US
dc.description.abstract We examine behavioural models involved in the provision of public goods when income inequality exists within groups. Our sample consists of individuals from urban and rural South African fishing communities. We find that behaviour observed in unequal groups does not accord with models of inequality aversion or egocentric altruism which require an equal distribution of final payoffs. On the other hand it is also not the case that individuals completely discount differences in initial allocations of wealth, as proposed by our absolute reciprocity model. Instead our empirical results lends support to a reciprocal model which requires that individuals contribute a proportional share of their initial endowments. Accordingly individuals are only partly held responsible for exogenous di®erences in initial wealth. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship I would like to thank FORMAS for financial support. Martine Visser is Associate Professor within School of Economics at the University of Cape Town. She is on the Executive Committees of the Environmental–Economics Policy Research Unit (EPRU) and the Research Unit for Behavioral Economics and Neuroeconomics (RUBEN) and a research associate of the South African Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU). She is also on the Steering Committee for the African Climate Development Initiative (ACDI). en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit
dc.relation.ispartofseries SALDRU Working Papers;116
dc.subject Social Norms en_US
dc.subject Inequality Aversion en_US
dc.subject Altruism en_US
dc.subject Reciprocity en_US
dc.subject Public goods en_US
dc.title Fairness and Accountability: Testing Models of Social Norms in Unequal en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US

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