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An Economic Analysis of Mortality Salience

来源:湖南大学经济与管理研究中心 日期:2019-10-29 作者:

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题:An Economic Analysis of Mortality Salience

主讲人:Xun Li

 

摘要:

Life is limited while people are often unaware of it. This paper investigates the impact of mortality salience on social preferences. A randomized lab experiment shows that after priming with the fact of limited life, subjects in the treatment group discounted more on today than near future, gave more in the Andreoni-Miller dictator game when the price of giving is low, and became more generous in the jealousy game. To explain the mechanism, we propose a theoretical model which shows that changing time preference is one channel through which mortality salience affects social preference. More specifically, priming of limited life makes subjects discount more on the today, therefore promotes prosociality. This effect increases with the price of giving. Our experimental data validated our theory. Finally, we further show that the priming did not change subjects’ mood, while it indeed altered their mortality awareness, which strengthens our findings. This paper potentially provides implications for the function of religion and some implementation of anti-corruption.

 

报告人简介:

Xun Li is an associate professor from School of Economics & Management, Wuhan University. He earned his Ph. D in Agricultural Economics from University of Connecticut, 2014. His research interests include behavioral economics, applied microeconomics, food and health, and policy analysis. His has published peer-reviewed papers on Agricultural Economics, Applied Economics Letters, Journal of Consumer Behavior, Applied Economics, Appetite, Pediatric Obesity, etc.

 

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