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The merit primacy effect
(DP SAM;6/2017, Working paper, 2017)
Do people give primacy to merit when luck partly determines earnings? This paper reports from a novel experiment where third-party spectators have to decide whether to redistribute from a high-earner to a low-earner in ...
Local autonomy and interregional equality : fiscal equalization with balanced budgets
(Discussion paper2002:24, Working paper, 2003-07)
This paper contributes to the literature on fiscal equalization in three ways. First, it shows how two important types of transfer schemes, the foundation grant and the power equalization grant, can be seen as two ...
Rich meets poor : an international fairness experiment
(Discussion paper2008:22, Working paper, 2008-10)
Why do people in rich countries not transfer more of their income to people in the world's poorest countries? To study this question and the relative importance of needs, entitlements, and nationality in people's social ...
Disability compensation and responsibility
(Discussion paper2008:24, Working paper, 2008-12)
It is a central political goal to secure disabled individuals the same opportunities as others to pursue their conception of a good life. This goal reflects an ambition to combine an egalitarian and a liberal moral intuition. ...
Modeling individual choices in experiments : reply to Conte and Moffatt
(Discussion paper2009:7, Working paper, 2009-07)
In a comment to Cappelen, Hole, Sørensen, and Tungodden (2007b), Conte and Moffatt (2009) challenge our use of a random utility model when studying individual choices in a fairness experiment. They propose an alternative ...
Face-saving or fair-minded : what motivates moral behavior?
(Discussion paper;5/2013, Working paper, 2013-02)
We study the relative importance of intrinsic moral motivation and extrinsic social motivation in explaining behavior in the dictator game. We introduce a novel design that manipulates these two dimensions. The paper ...
Just luck: an experimental study of risk taking and fairness
(Discussion paper2010:4, Working paper, 2010-01)
Choices involving risk significantly affect the distribution of income and wealth in society, but there is probably no more contentious question of justice than how to allocate the gains and losses that inevitably result ...
Do non-enforceable contracts matter? Evidence from an international lab experiment
(Discussion paper;2/2012, Working paper, 2012-02)
Many verifiable contracts are impossible or difficult to enforce. This applies to contracts among family and friends, contracts regulating market transactions, and sovereign debt contracts. Do such non-enforceable contracts ...
Tax policy and fair inequality
(Discussion paper;3/2012, Working paper, 2012-02)
The liberal egalitarian paradox
(Discussion paper2004:8, Working paper, 2004-06)
A liberal egalitarian theory of justice seeks to combine the values of equality, personal freedom and personal responsibility. It is considered a much more promising position than strict egalitarianism, because it supposedly ...