Experimental Economics and Culture Vol: 20

Anna Gunnthorsdottir
University of Economics, Austria

Douglas A. Norton
Florida State University, USA

Product Details
14 Dec 2018
Emerald Publishing Limited
288 pages - 152 x 229mm
Research in Experimental Economics


Culture has been referred to as a shared frame, the lens through which group members make sense of the world. It has been robustly linked to economic outcomes on the macro level and is also directly linked to decision-making: in recent years, experimental and behavioral economists have found evidence that culture impacts behavior in games and impacts value orientation, trust, fairness, cooperation and enforcement. Culture research in experimental economics is still in its early stages and part of the challenge is methodological and conceptual: how to measure culture and how to define the level at which individuals share a culture. In the coming years, this research will help delineate where the results from our current experiments apply. For example, do current results speak specifically to WEIRD (Western Educated Industrialized Rich Democracies) societies? Do they say something more fundamental about human nature across time, experience, and geography? With increasing migration and globalization, subject pools may become more culturally diverse and cultural questions therefore increasingly important for experimentalists. The contributions in this volume are both conceptual and experimental. The earlier chapters discuss new approaches to the measurement of culture and how to conceptualize and define values and beliefs and the groups that share them. The latter experimental chapters contribute to the growing body of literature that documents cultural differences in social and economic behavior.
Introduction to Experimental Economics and Culture; Anna Gunnthorsdottir and Douglas A. Norton 
Chapter 1. Why Use Qualitative Methods to Study Culture in Economic Life?; Arielle John and Virgil Henry Storr 
Chapter 2. A Note on Qualitative Methods in Experimental Economics; Douglas A. Norton 
Chapter 3. Culture as a Configuration of Values: An Archetypal Perspective; David F. Midgley, Sunil Venaik and Demetris Christopoulos 
Chapter 4. Cultural Values and Behavior in Dictator, Ultimatum and Trust Games: An Experimental Study; Sun-Ki Chai, Dolgorsuren Dorj and Katerina Sherstyuk 
Chapter 5. When Income Depends on Performance and Luck: The Effects of Culture and Information on Giving; Pedro Rey-Biel, Roman Sheremeta and Neslihan Uler 
Chapter 6. Tastes for Desert and Placation: A Reference Point-dependent Model of Social Preferences; Daniel L. Chen 
Chapter 7. Group Identity in Intermediated Interactions: Lessons from a Trust Game with Delegation in South Africa; Hanjo Hamann and Nicky Nicholls
Anna Gunnthorsdottir is an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at the University of Iceland and the Department of Finance, Accounting and Statistics at Vienna University of Economics and Business. Her research in experimental game theory focuses on cooperation, competition, and models of social stratification. 
Doug Norton is a Postdoctoral Scholar with the Hilton Center at Florida State University. His research uses experimental and econometric methods to investigate questions related to charity, public assistance, religion, and culture. With Mark Isaac, he is the Co-Series Editor for Research in Experimental Economics.

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