Racial Differences In Inequality Aversion: Evidence From Real World Respondents In The Ultimatum Game

Date Added: May 2011
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The distinct historical and cultural experiences of American blacks and whites may influence whether members of those groups perceive a particular exchange as fair. The authors investigate racial differences in fairness standards using preferences for equal treatment in the ultimatum game, where responders choose to allow a proposed division of a monetary amount or to block it. Although previous research has studied group differences in the ultimatum game, no study has been able to examine these across races in America.