New methods in quantitative ethnography: economic experiments and variation in the price of equality

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Anthropology
Creator McElreath, Richard
Other Author Efferson, Charles; Takezawa, Masanori
Title New methods in quantitative ethnography: economic experiments and variation in the price of equality
Date 2007-12
Description A new method for quantitatively documenting concerns for economic fairness has the potential for identifying variation in prosociality within and across societies. Multiple dictator games conducted in two small-scale societies presented decision makers with a choice between an equitable and an inequitable payoff distribution. The games varied in terms of the type of inequality the decision maker faced and the cost to the decision maker of eliminating inequality. A novel set of statistical models directly links experimental results and player heterogeneity with the formal theory of inequality aversion. The experimental method can be generalized to allow maximum flexibility in data analysis.
Type Text
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Journal Title Current Anthropology
Volume 48
Issue 6
First Page 912
Last Page 919
DOI 10.1086/523016
citatation_issn 0011-3204
Subject Inequality; Payoffs; Prosociality
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Efferson, C., Takezawa, M., & McElreath, R. (2007). New methods in quantitative ethnography: economic experiments and variation in the price of equality. Current Anthropology, 48(6), 912-9. Dec.
Rights Management (c) University of Chicago Press http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdf/10.1086/523016
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2021-05-06
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Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6sq9hqx
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