Speaker: Prof Judd B. Kessler

Affiliation: The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania

Online via Zoom: https://uqz.zoom.us/j/86028716073


Distributional decisions regularly involve multiple payoff components. In a series of experiments, we show that individuals frequently exhibit narrow equity concerns: they apply their fairness preferences narrowly, on a specific component of payoffs, rather than on broader payoff consequences. This behavior leads them to make different distributional decisions depending on which payoff component we frame them to consider. We document narrow equity concerns in an exceedingly simple setting – in which payoff components are tokens worth 1 cent and 2 cents – and in context-rich applications including tax policy and worker compensation. We investigate and report on the underlying drivers of narrow equity concerns.

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