The impact of identifiability and the endowment effect on health care rationing dilemmas
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Effekterna av identifierbarhet och endowment på moraliska dilemman inom vård-ransonering (Swedish)
The identifiability effect - the human tendency to help identified victims to a greater extent than unidentified - has been proved of being an important aspect of moral judgment. However, the endowment effect - the human tendency to overestimate our properties - is unexplored within this area, such as the impact of identifiability on the endowment effect. For the purpose of examining the impact of identifiability and endowment on moral dilemmas, an experiment with 192 participants was conducted, using a charity scenario concerning African children, framed as a trolley dilemma. The results showed that a majority of the participants choose to maximize the number of children saved. No significant effects of identifiability or endowment were found. The main conclusion of the study was that the dilemma affected men and women differently. Women felt stronger feelings of sympathy, were less confident in choosing and perceived the choice more difficult than men.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 22 p.
identifiability, endowment effect, decision making, moral dilemma
Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-94678ISRN: LIU-IBL-PSYK4-A--13/001--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-94678DiVA: diva2:641051
Subject / course
Västfjäll, Daniel, professor
Gustafson, Stefan, lektor