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Does impartial reasoning matter in economic decisions? An experimental result about distributive (un)fairness in a production context

Marcon, Laura and Francés-Gómez, Pedro and Faillo, Marco (2020) Does impartial reasoning matter in economic decisions? An experimental result about distributive (un)fairness in a production context. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 35 (2). pp. 217-233. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

The Rawlsian social contract presents the veil of ignorance as a thought experiment that should induce agents to behave more fairly within a distributive context. This study uses a laboratory experiment to test the effect of actual reasoning behind the veil, as a moral cue, in a Dictator Game with taking and production. The main hypothesis claims that reflection from an impartial perspective should lead subjects to put themselves in the shoes of who could be the least benefited. Against our expectations, the impact of the moral cue was null and no attempt to rebalance the unjustified differences was observed.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Marcon, Lauramarcon4@ugr.es
Francés-Gómez, Pedropfg@ugr.es
Faillo, Marcomarco.faillo@unitn.it
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: justice; social contract; veil of ignorance; experiments; Dictator's Game
Subjects: General Issues > Decision Theory
Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 26 May 2020 03:30
Last Modified: 26 May 2020 03:30
Item ID: 17210
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: https://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.21011
Subjects: General Issues > Decision Theory
Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
Date: May 2020
Page Range: pp. 217-233
Volume: 35
Number: 2
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17210

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