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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 challenge of a rising skill premium for redistributive taxation
(Discussion paper2007:9, Working paper, 2007-02)
The present paper analyses the challenge to redistribution programs posed by an increase in skill premium. The increase in skill premium, which we observe in most OECD countries, affects taxation through its effect on ...
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 ...
Segregation, polarization and the protection of minorities : national versus regional policy
(Discussion paper2007:10, Working paper, 2007-02)
We analyse the optimal level of political decision making, national or regional. The benefit of policy making at the regional level is that it allows for policy differentiation, which serves the interests of regional ...
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 ...
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 ...
Redistribution in a divided world
(Doctoral thesis, 2000)