Heterogeneous Preferences and Collective Action
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In recent years, scholarshave turned to alternative representationsof utility to capture motivationalheterogeneity across individuals. In theresearch reported here, we examine twomodels of heterogeneous utility –linear-altruism and inequity-aversion – inthe context of two-person, social dilemmagames. Empirical tests are conducteddrawing on data from experiments andsurveys. We find that the model ofinequity-aversion accounts for asubstantial proportion of the preferencetypes and behavior that are not explainedby the standard model of self-interestedpreferences. In contrast, the altruismmodel does not provide a significantincrease in explanatory power over theinequity-aversion model.
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- 1. Department of Political Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 32306, U.S.A
- 2. Department of Political Science Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 47408, U.S.A
- 3. Department of Economics, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 47408, U.S.A