A within-subject analysis of other-regarding preferences Academic Article


  • Games and Economic Behavior


  • We assess the predictive power of a model of other-regarding preferences-inequality aversion-using a within-subject design. We run four different experiments (ultimatum game, dictator game, sequential-move prisoners' dilemma and public-good game) with the same sample of subjects. We elicit two parameters of inequality aversion to test several hypotheses across games. We find that within-subject tests can differ markedly from aggregate-level analyses. Inequality-aversion has predictive power at the aggregate level but performs less well at the individual level. The model seems to capture various behavioral motives in different games but the correlation of these motives is low within subjects.

publication date

  • 2011-6-1


  • 72


  • Dictator Game
  • Experiment
  • Hypothesis Test
  • Inequality Aversion
  • Other-regarding Preferences
  • Predictive Power
  • Prisoners' Dilemma
  • Ultimatum Game

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0899-8256

number of pages

  • 18

start page

  • 321

end page

  • 338