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Purely Procedural Preferences - Beyond Procedural Equity and Reciprocity

by Topi Miettinen (with N. Chlass and W. Guth), published in the Jena economic research papers

Most research in economics studies agents somehow motivated by outcomes. Here, we study agents motivated by procedures instead, where procedures are defined independently of an outcome. To that end, we design procedures which yield the same expected outcomes or carry the same information on others' intentions while they have different outcome-invariant properties. Agents are experimentally confirmed to exhibit preferences over these which link to psychological attributes of their moral judgment.

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