Estimating Social Preferences and Kantian Morality in Strategic Interactions

Category: Applied Microeconomics and Organization Seminar
When: 05 February 2020
, 17:15
 - 18:30

with Boris van Leeuwen and Jörgen W. Weibull


Recent theoretical work suggests that a form of Kantian morality has evolutionary foundations. To investigate the relative importance of Kantian morality and social preferences, we run laboratory experiments on strategic interaction in social dilemmas. Using a structural model, we estimate social preferences and morality concerns both at the individual level and the aggregate level. We observe considerable heterogeneity in social preferences and Kantian morality. A finite mixture analysis shows that the subject pool is well described as consisting of two types. One exhibits a combination of inequity aversion and Kantian morality, while the other combines spite and Kantian morality.