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Heterogeneity in fairness views: A challenge to the mutualistic approach?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 February 2013

Alexander W. Cappelen
Affiliation:
Department of Economics, NHH Norwegian School of Economics, 5045 Bergen, Norway. alexander.cappelen@nhh.nohttp://www.nhh.no/en/research-faculty/department-of-economics/sam/cv/cappelen-alexander.aspxBertil.tungodden@nhh.nohttp://www.nhh.no/en/research-faculty/department-of-economics/sam/cv/tungodden-bertil.aspxhttp://www.nhh.no/Default.aspx?ID=731
Bertil Tungodden
Affiliation:
Department of Economics, NHH Norwegian School of Economics, 5045 Bergen, Norway. alexander.cappelen@nhh.nohttp://www.nhh.no/en/research-faculty/department-of-economics/sam/cv/cappelen-alexander.aspxBertil.tungodden@nhh.nohttp://www.nhh.no/en/research-faculty/department-of-economics/sam/cv/tungodden-bertil.aspxhttp://www.nhh.no/Default.aspx?ID=731

Abstract

This commentary argues that the observed heterogeneity in fairness views, documented in many economic experiments, poses a challenge to the partner choice theory developed by Baumard et al. It also discusses the extent to which their theory can explain how people consider inequalities due to pure luck.

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