Category Archives: Fairness

Rejecting unfairness: emotion-driven reaction or cognitive heuristic?

In the following paragraphs, I am arguing that rejecting inequality, even when it means sacrificing available resources, could be interpreted as a default response that occurs when there is no other reason to choose otherwise. Moreover, I am reviewing some … Continue reading

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Fairness overrides reputation: the importance of fairness considerations in altruistic cooperation

Behavioral findings in several strategic games indicate that people punish others if they think they are being treated unequally, even at the cost of minimizing their own material payoff. We investigated the primary driving force behind such non-self-regarding behavior, so-called, … Continue reading

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Young Children’s Development of Fairness Preference

Fairness is one of the most important foundations of morality and may have played a key role in the evolution of cooperation in humans beings. As an important type of fairness concern, inequity aversion is the preference for fairness and … Continue reading

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At what age do kids recognise fairness?

Children as young as seven have the same capacity as adults to make judgments on the anti-social behavior of others. A study led by University of Queensland School of Psychology researcher Matti Wilks found that older kids (aged 7–8), but … Continue reading

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Developmental psychology: Friendship wins out over fairness

When children decide to share, the giver’s relationships with the pool of recipients determine who gets how much. They will give more to a wealthy friend than to a needy stranger – at least in cases where wealth is measured … Continue reading

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Human sense of fairness evolved to favor long-term cooperation

The human response to unfairness evolved in order to support long-term cooperation, according to a research team from Georgia State University and Emory University. Fairness is a social ideal that cannot be measured, so to understand the evolution of fairness … Continue reading

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Fairness Expectations and Altruistic Sharing in 15-Month-Old Infants

Human cooperation is a key driving force behind the evolutionary success of our hominin lineage. At the proximate level, biologists and social scientists have identified other-regarding preferences – such as fairness based on egalitarian motives, and altruism – as likely … Continue reading

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The Economy of Fairness

Ernst Fehr, Director of the Institute for Empirical Research in Economics at Zurich University, has made a name for himself in the expanding field of experimental economics, finding out how societies work. Fehr scooped the 2008 Marcel Benoist prize, the … Continue reading

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