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Spousal Dictator Game: Household Decisions and Other-Regarding Preferences

Department of Economics, Weber State University, 1337 Edvalson St., Ogden, UT 84408-3807, USA
Department of Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 80 campus center way, Amherst, MA 01003, USA
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Games 2018, 9(3), 69;
Received: 9 August 2018 / Revised: 29 August 2018 / Accepted: 6 September 2018 / Published: 12 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dictator Games)
Using a laboratory experiment, we collected data on dictator giving among student strangers and married couples in a suburban area in the United States. Confirming common belief and prior empirical evidence, we find that giving among spouses is greater than giving among anonymous students. We further investigated factors associated with spousal giving which may provide insight for the development of future theories, or into explaining other-regarding preferences. Our data shows that giving is positively associated with who manages household money and controls household income. This result is robust after controlling for each spouse’s personal income and using various econometric specifications. The results suggest that spousal giving may be due to household economic roles in addition to other-regarding preferences. View Full-Text
Keywords: dictator game; household economics; spousal giving dictator game; household economics; spousal giving
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Gnagey, M.K.; Grijalva, T.C.; Rong, R. Spousal Dictator Game: Household Decisions and Other-Regarding Preferences. Games 2018, 9, 69.

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