Giovanni Ponti (University of Alicante) on "Social Preferences over Utilities" (with G.W. Harrison and R. Miniaci)

Relatore:  Giovanni Ponti - University of Alicante
  mercoledì 21 novembre 2018 alle ore 12.00 13.00 Polo Santa Marta, Via Cantarane 24, Sala Vaona
We propose a model of social preferences defined over the utilities of individuals. This requires the
identification of “positive” and “normative” evaluations by individuals over the well-being of others. We design
a multi-stage experiment in which we elicit subjects’ risk and social preferences, together with their positive
and normative evaluations of the risk and distributional concerns of others. As for the risk dimension, our results
indicate that our subjects are risk averse, believe that others are less risk averse than them, and that others should
be more risk-averse than themselves. As for the social dimension, subjects exhibit spiteful preferences, believe
that other are less spiteful than them, and that others should hold altruistic motives.

Alessandro Bucciol

Data pubblicazione
4 settembre 2018