Group polarization in the team dictator game reconsidered

Wolfgang J. Luhan, Martin G. Kocher, Matthias Sutter

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    While most papers on team decision-making find that teams behave more selfishly, less trustingly and less altruistically than individuals, Cason and Mui (1997) report that teams are more altruistic than individuals in a dictator game. Using a within-subjects design we re-examine group polarization by letting subjects make individual as well as team decisions in an experimental dictator game. In our experiment teams are more selfish than individuals, and the most selfish team member has the strongest influence on team decisions. Various explanations for the different findings in Cason and Mui (1997) and in our paper are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)26-41
    JournalExperimental Economics
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2009


    • Experiment
    • Dictator game
    • Team behavior
    • Social preferences


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