Role-Reversal Consistency : An Experimental Study of the Golden Rule

Costa-Gomes, Miguel A. and Ju, Yuan and Li, Jiawen (2019) Role-Reversal Consistency : An Experimental Study of the Golden Rule. Economic Inquiry, 57 (1). pp. 685-704. ISSN 0095-2583

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We report an experiment that asks whether people in a strategic situation behave according to the Golden Rule, that is, do not treat others in ways that they find disagreeable to themselves, a property that we call role‐reversal consistency. Overall, we find that over three quarters of the subjects are role‐reversal consistent. Regression analysis suggests that this finding is not driven by players maximizing their subjective expected monetary earnings given their stated beliefs about their opponents' behavior. We find that subjects' stated beliefs and actions reveal mild projection bias. (JEL C78, C91)

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Economic Inquiry
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Costa‐Gomes, M. A., Ju, Y. and Li, J. (2018), ROLE‐REVERSAL CONSISTENCY: AN EXPERIMENTAL STUDY OF THE GOLDEN RULE. Econ Inq. . doi:10.1111/ecin.12708 which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
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