Ford Seminar

Fairness Concerns and Demand for Redistribution: Experimental Evidence from South Africa (VIRTUAL)

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Patrizio Piraino
Director, Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity
Associate Professor, Keough School of Global Affairs

How far are people willing to go to reduce inequality and ensure a fair outcome? This talk looks at a laboratory experiment that addresses this question, where a third-party stakeholder is paired with two players and makes a series of redistributive decisions over the income they earn from work on a task. The redistributive decisions carry varying personal costs for the stakeholder and the initial pay inequality between players is also varied. Also randomly varied is the source of inequality: lottery or productivity.  Learn about the experiment and its outcomes and implications with the new director of the Ford Program, Patrizio Piraino.

The Ford Program Research Seminar Series provides faculty members doing research supported by or related to the Ford Program's mission the chance to share their work, whether in early, middle or late stages of development. It is an opportunity for colleagues to come together in a friendly atmosphere to offer constructive feedback and perhaps come away with some new ideas for our own human development/human dignity-related research. The Seminar hopes to build intellectual community around the Ford Program's mission of conducting research that promises to deepen our understanding of human dignity and enhance the effectiveness of efforts to promote integral human development.