Special Issue "Ethics, Morality, and Game Theory"

A special issue of Games (ISSN 2073-4336).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2017)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Mark Alfano

Ethics & Philosophy of Technology, Delft University of Technology, 2628 BX Delft, The Netherlands. Philosophy, Australian Catholic University, Fitzroy Victoria 3065, Melbourne, Australia
Interests: ethics; Nietzsche; philosophy of mind; experimental philosophy
Guest Editor
Dr. Matthias Uhl

Technical University of Munich, Arcisstrasse 21, 80333 Munich, Germany
Interests: experimental economics; experimental ethics; business ethics; behavioral economics; philosophy of science
Guest Editor
Dr. Hannes Rusch

Public Economics Group, University of Marburg, Am Plan 1-2, D-35037 Marburg, Germany
Interests: behavioral economics; evolutionary biology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Game theory studies strategic interaction among agents who seek to maximize their gains in situations allowing for coordination, cooperation or competition. Ethics and morality study the norms, values, rights, duties, and virtues fitting for humans and perhaps also some non-human animals and artificial intelligences. This Special Issue of Games brings these fields together. We solicit papers on the topic of ethics, morality, and game theory. Papers may be theoretical or empirical. In addition, papers may be descriptive (e.g., studies of folk morality using ultimatum games, trust games, public good games, etc.) or normative (e.g., developing arguments about which individual or institutional norms are morally permissible, impermissible or optimific).

We are especially interested in papers that combine descriptive and normative aspects in conclusive ways. Efforts to bridge the is-ought gap in either direction are encouraged.

To support open, reproducible research, empirical papers should include a power analysis and make all data available on publication. Pre-registered studies will be prized.

Submitted papers must be written in English, and should be approximately 8000 words including references. All submissions will receive triple-blind review, typically within five weeks. Games is an open access journal. At the discretion of the editors of this special issue, up to five publication fees (typically 550 CHF) will be waived; junior researchers and those with no institutional support for open access fees will be prioritized. We welcome submissions from researchers at all career stages and all disciplines, as long as they are on-topic. We especially encourage submissions from members of underrepresented groups.

Dr. Mark Alfano
Dr. Matthias Uhl
Dr. Hannes Rusch
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Games is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 550 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • ethics
  • morality
  • game theory
  • institutions
  • trust
  • moral psychology
  • experimental philosophy
  • experimental economics

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Open AccessArticle Reacting to Unfairness: Group Identity and Dishonest Behavior
Games 2017, 8(3), 28; doi:10.3390/g8030028
Received: 12 June 2017 / Revised: 7 July 2017 / Accepted: 7 July 2017 / Published: 14 July 2017
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We experimentally investigate whether individuals are more likely to engage in dishonest behavior after having experienced unfairness perpetrated by an individual with a salient group identity. Two individuals generate an endowment together, but only one can decide how to share it. They either
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We experimentally investigate whether individuals are more likely to engage in dishonest behavior after having experienced unfairness perpetrated by an individual with a salient group identity. Two individuals generate an endowment together, but only one can decide how to share it. They either share the same group identity or have distinct group identities. Then, they approach a task in which they can opportunistically engage in dishonest behavior. Our results show that when individuals share the same group identity, unfair distributive decisions do not trigger a dishonest reaction. In contrast, when different group identities coexist, dishonest behavior is observed as a reaction to unfairness. Full article
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