Equality over intentionality: The normative social preferences of neutral third-parties

Ciril Bosch-Rosa, Pablo Brañas-Garza
2018 PLoS ONE  
This paper studies whether intentionality is more prevalent than fairness in social preferences. We do this by introducing a new three-player game in which the choices of neutral third-party arbiters are isolated from any monetary or strategic concerns. This allows us to study the normative preferences of subjects, and to compare the relative weight they give to intentions and inequality. The results show that arbiters are mainly concerned with inequality, while other's (selfish) intentions
more » ... to play a minor role in their preferences. This result is robust to a series of experimental designs, suggesting that the role of intentions in social preferences might be smaller than implied by the previous literature.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0205240 fatcat:pt5iuo5tgzbr7dqozly6xzs65y