The role of egalitarian motives in altruistic punishment

Tim Johnson, Christopher T. Dawes, James H. Fowler, Richard McElreath, Oleg Smirnov

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    We conduct experiments in which subjects participate in both a game that measures preferences for income equality and a public goods game involving costly punishment. The results indicate that individuals who care about equality are those who are most willing to punish free-riders in public goods games.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)192-194
    Number of pages3
    JournalEconomics Letters
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Mar 2009


    • Altruistic punishment
    • Egalitarian motives
    • Experiments
    • Public goods games

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Finance
    • Economics and Econometrics


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