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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 ...
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 ...
Efficiency, equality and reciprocity in social preferences : a comparison of students and representative population
(Discussion paper2010:28, Working paper, 2010-11)
The debate between Engelmann and Strobel (2004, 2006) and Fehr, Naef, and Schmidt (2006) highlights the important question of the extent to which lab experiments on student populations can serve to identify the motivational ...
Fairness is intuitive
(Discussion paper;9/2014, Working paper, 2014-04)
In this paper we provide new evidence showing that fair behavior is intuitive to most people. We find a strong association between a short response time and fair behavior in the dictator game. This association is robust ...
Is there a development gap in rationality?
(Discussion paper;8/2014, Working paper, 2014-03)
We report an experimental test of the four touchstones of rationality in choice under risk – utility maximization, stochastic dominance, expected-utility maximization and small-stakes risk neutrality – with students from ...
Do non-enforceable contracts matter? Evidence from an international lab experiment
(Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2014)
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 ...
You’ve got mail: A randomised field experiment on tax evasion.
(DP SAM;10/2017, Working paper, 2017-06)
We report from a large-scale randomized field experiment conducted on a unique sample of more than 15 000 taxpayers in Norway, who were likely to have misreported their foreign income. We find that the inclusion of a ...
Exercise Improves Academic Performance.
(DP SAM;8/2017, Working paper, 2017-08)
We report the results of a randomized controlled trial testing whether incentivizing physical exercise improves the academic performance of college students. As expected, the intervention increases physical activity. The ...