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Do cultures clash? Evidence from cross-national ultimatum game experiments


Chuah, S and Hoffmann, R and Jones, M and Williams, G, Do cultures clash? Evidence from cross-national ultimatum game experiments, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 64, (1) pp. 35-48. ISSN 0167-2681 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2006.04.006


Economic globalisation promotes the interaction between individuals of different cultures. While experimental economists have established differences in the way individuals from different nations interact within their own cultures, behavioural differences in cross-cultural interactions have not been sufficiently explored. This paper reports the results of ultimatum game experiments in which Malaysian Chinese and UK subjects played opponents of their own as well as of the other culture. We confirm the existence of cultural difference in subject behaviour in both intra- and inter-national interactions. This evidence is discussed in terms of the possibility of a 'clash of cultures'.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ultimatum game, cross-cultural experiments, social preferences
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Behavioural economics
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Microeconomics
Objective Field:Preference, behaviour and welfare
UTAS Author:Chuah, S (Professor Swee-Hoon Chuah)
UTAS Author:Hoffmann, R (Professor Robert Hoffmann)
ID Code:154759
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:71
Deposited By:Economics
Deposited On:2023-01-04
Last Modified:2023-01-04

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