SPI Event

Maroš Servátka will Present Recent Research on Fairness:
Status Quo Effects in Fairness Games: Reciprocal Responses to Acts of Commission vs. Acts of Omission


Speaker: Maroš Servátka


Date: Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Time: 2:15 - 3:30PM

Location: Room 8417, Social Sciences, The University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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Maroš Servátka is faculty at the Department of Economics and Finance at the University of Canterbury. He is also the Director of the New Zealand Experimental Economics Laboratory. Maroš’ work is broadly in the areas of experimental and behavioral economics, with recent research investigating the impact of messages on cooperation and trust, and gender and generosity. Maroš’ presentation will focus on status quo effects in fairness games.


He will be presenting his recent work titled "Status Quo Effects in Fairness Games: Reciprocal Responses to Acts of Commission vs. Acts of Omission"


Abstract: Both the law and culture make a central distinction between acts of commission that overturn the status quo and acts of omission that uphold it. In everyday life acts of commission often elicit stronger reciprocal responses than do acts of omission. In this paper we compare reciprocal responses to both types of acts and ask whether behavior of subjects in two experiments is consistent with existing theory. The design of the experiments focuses on the axioms of revealed altruism theory (Cox, Friedman, and Sadiraj, 2008) that make it observationally distinct from other theories. We find support for this theory in both experiments.