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The Intuition of Punishment: A Study of Fairness Preferences and Cognitive Ability

Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University, 8210 Aarhus V, Denmark
Games 2020, 11(2), 21; https://doi.org/10.3390/g11020021
Received: 24 March 2020 / Revised: 8 April 2020 / Accepted: 20 April 2020 / Published: 7 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Behavioral Game Theory)
Can differences in cognitive reflection explain other-regarding behavior? To test this, I use the three-item Cognitive Reflection Task to classify individuals as intuitive or reflective and correlate this measure with choices in three games that each subject participates in. The main sample consists of 236 individuals who completed the dictator game, ultimatum game and a third-party punishment task. Subjects afterwards completed the three-item Cognitive Reflection Test. Results showed that intuitive individuals acted more prosocially in all social dilemma tasks. These individuals were more likely to serve as a norm enforcer and third-party punish a selfish act in the dictator game. Reflective individuals were found more likely to act consistently in a self-interested manner across the three games. View Full-Text
Keywords: social preferences; third-party punishment; cognitive reflection ability; intuition; reflection; dictator game; ultimatum game social preferences; third-party punishment; cognitive reflection ability; intuition; reflection; dictator game; ultimatum game
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