A new GLO Discussion Paper provides suggestive evidence of the ownership effect in sharing behavior.
GLO Discussion Paper No. 1032, 2022
Ownership Effects in Dictator Games: Evidence from an Experimental Study – Download PDF
by Nguyen, Cuong Viet & Vu, Linh Hoang
GLO Fellow Cuong Nguyen
Author Abstract: In this study, we tested the effect of time delays on sharing behavior. We conducted a dictator game to examine whether dictators change their sharing behaviors if they have more time between receiving and sharing money. When the response time was 2 hours, the sharing behavior of dictators was similar to sharing behavior in a standard game without time delay. However, if the dictators kept their received money for a week, they were remarkably less likely to share the money. This finding provides suggestive evidence of the ownership effect in sharing behavior.
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