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Games 2018, 9(3), 65; https://doi.org/10.3390/g9030065

Favoritism and Fairness in Teams

Economics Experimental Lab, Nanjing Audit University, Nanjing 211815, China
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Received: 6 August 2018 / Revised: 1 September 2018 / Accepted: 4 September 2018 / Published: 6 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Norms and Games)
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We experimentally study how people resolve a tension between favoritism and fairness when allocating a profit in a team production setting. Past research shows that people tend to favor their ingroup at the cost of an outgroup when allocating a given amount of money. However, when the money to be allocated depends on joint production, we find that most players allocate proportionally according to others’ relative contributions, irrespective of their social identity affiliations. We discuss the implications of our findings on how distributive norms could shape team cooperation. View Full-Text
Keywords: favoritism; fairness; team production; social identity; distributive norm favoritism; fairness; team production; social identity; distributive norm
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