Moral Attributes In A Dictator Game

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Brian T. Kench
Robert L. Beekman
Wanda V. Chaves
Neil B. Niman


Emotional Intelligence, Dictator Game, Behavioral Economics


This paper investigates whether or not the moral factors captured in an emotional intelligence assessment matter in the economic decisions made by subjects in a dictator game. We find a statistically significant relationship between the amount of the dictators contribution and a few of the factors of the Intrapersonal Dimension of the EQ-i. We also find a significant relationship between dictator contributions and an adjusted EQ-i score, measures of independence, know-my-own and empathy. Our results may be relevant to researchers interested in understanding the preference set of economic decision-makers. Moreover, for those interested in refining experimental design protocols, we show the EQ-i to be a useful resource to control for a few of the moral attributes Levitt et al. (2006) suggest are so very important in understanding laboratory and field experiments.


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