Non‐Additivity and the Salience of Marginal Productivities: Experimental Evidence on Distributive Fairness

24 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2017

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Urs Fischbacher

University of Konstanz - Faculty of Economics and Statistics

Nadja Kairies-Schwarz

CINCH / University of Duisburg Essen

Ulrike Stefani

University of Konstanz - Department of Economics

Date Written: October 2017

Abstract

We investigate the relevance of different distributive fairness norms in a team production process in which the team members’ contributions to the joint output are not necessarily additive. In some of the cases of non‐additivity, the individual marginal contributions to the output are not salient. We vary the salience and investigate how third parties allocate the joint output to the team members. We find that the prevalent norm is to hold others responsible only for their inputs rather than for the incremental increase in the output. The marginal productivities are taken into account only when they are made readily apparent.

Suggested Citation

Fischbacher, Urs and Kairies-Schwarz, Nadja and Stefani, Ulrike, Non‐Additivity and the Salience of Marginal Productivities: Experimental Evidence on Distributive Fairness (October 2017). Economica, Vol. 84, Issue 336, pp. 587-610, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3030455 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecca.12234

Urs Fischbacher (Contact Author)

University of Konstanz - Faculty of Economics and Statistics ( email )

Universitaetsstr. 10
78457 Konstanz
Germany

Nadja Kairies-Schwarz

CINCH / University of Duisburg Essen ( email )

Berliner Platz 6-8
Essen, 47048
Germany

Ulrike Stefani

University of Konstanz - Department of Economics ( email )

Konstanz, D-78457
Germany

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