Fairness is intuitive

Alexander W. Cappelen, Ulrik H. Nielsen, Bertil Tungodden, Jean-Robert Tyran, Erik Wengström*

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In this paper we provide new evidence showing that fair behavior is intuitive to most people. We find a strong association between a short response time and fair behavior in the dictator game. This association is robust to controls that take account of the fact that response time might be affected by the decision-maker’s cognitive ability and swiftness. The experiment was conducted with a large and heterogeneous sample recruited from the general population in Denmark. We find a striking similarity in the association between response time and fair behavior across groups in the society, which suggests that the predisposition to act fairly is a general human trait.

Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalExperimental Economics
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)727-740
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 01.12.2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • Dictator game
  • Experiment
  • Fairness
  • Response time


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