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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 ...
The tyranny of non-aggregation versus the tyranny of aggregation in social choices : a real dilemma
(Discussion paper2006:39, Working paper, 2006-12)
Can a trifle gain to sufficiently many well-off justify imposing a much larger sacrifice on the worst-off? We show that if one answers negatively to such a question, one is forced to accept the maximin principle and give ...
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 ...
Essays on poverty and normative economics
(Doctoral thesis, 1994)
Teaching business in Tanzania : evaluating participation and performance
(Discussion paper2009:15, Working paper, 2009-10)
There is increased awareness that success among small scale entrepreneurs in developing countries requires more than microfinance, and that an important limiting factor for business growth is the level of human capital ...
Human and financial capital for microenterprise development : evidence from a field and lab experiment
(Discussion paper2011:1, Working paper, 2011-01)
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 ...
The importance of moral reflection and self-reported data in a dictator game with production
(Discussion paper2007:40, Working paper, 2007-12)
This paper studies how individual behavior is affected by moral reflection in a dictator game with production, and the informational value of self-reported data on fairness. We find that making individuals reflect on ...