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The prosociality of intuitive decisions depends on the status quo
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Economics. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. German Inst Econ Res DIW Berlin, Germany.
2018 (English)In: Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, ISSN 2214-8043, E-ISSN 2214-8051, Vol. 74, p. 127-138Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous research came to contradictory conclusion about the prosocial nature of intuitive decisions, as compared to deliberate decisions. This paper proposes the prosociality of the status quo allocation as a determinant of the prosociality of intuitive decisions. I present results from two experiments (N = 1,649) that manipulate time pressure and elicit response times in a binary dictator game. One of the choices is prosocial while the other is pro-self. The status quo option is varied to be equal to the prosocial allocation in one treatment and the selfish allocation in a second treatment. In a third treatment, there is no status quo allocation. Time pressure is found to increase selfishness in treatments without a status quo and has no effect on choices in treatments with a status quo. However, the status quo systematically affects response times. Prosocial choices are made significantly faster than selfish choices under a prosocial status quo and selfish choices are made significantly faster than prosocial choices under a selfish status quo.

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ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC , 2018. Vol. 74, p. 127-138
Keywords [en]
Social preferences; Intuition; Response times; Status quo; Dictator game
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-148370DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2018.04.005ISI: 000432773100014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-148370DiVA, id: diva2:1219059
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Funding Agencies|Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation; Tore Browaldh Foundation [H2011-0289:1]

Available from: 2018-06-15 Created: 2018-06-15 Last updated: 2018-06-15

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