Justice and fairness in the dictator game

Karl Schurter, Bart J. Wilsonf

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This article uses a laboratory experiment to examine the question of whether justice and fairness are different motivational forces in the dictator game. "Justice" and "fairness" are often used interchangeably because their meanings and usages are so closely linked, despite their distinct connotations. Using four different treatments, our experimental design investigates the subtle differences between the two social concepts to explicate generosity in the dictator game. The results indicate that justice, not fairness, legitimizes property rights in the dictator game.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-145
Number of pages16
JournalSouthern Economic Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics


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