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Matthias Oldham


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  • Title: Mr
  • Position: PhD Student - Department of Economics

Student information

  • Principal supervisor: Assoc Prof Tony Bryant
  • Associate supervisor: Dr Daehoon Nahm
  • Thesis title: Is Giving Behaviour Consistent? An Experimental Analysis
  • Abstract: As (Dawes and Thaler 1988) make explicit “much economic analysis - and virtually all game theory - starts from the assumption that people are…selfish” (187). Until recently, results from "Dictator Game" experiments appeared to provide convincing evidence of altruistic behaviour (Engel 2011). However List (2007), amongst others, has shown that behaviour in these experiments is inconsistent. The author aims to experimentally test the two dominant explanations of this phenomenon - that individuals act in accordance to situation specific social norms (Krupka and Weber 2008) or alternatively are motivated to altruistic or pro-social behaviour by context (Eckel and Grossman 2012).