Schøyen presents at HiOA

5 May 2017 19:58

(updated: 5 May 2017 20:03)

Schøyen presents at HiOA

On May 4, The Choice Lab PhD student Øivind Schøyen presented the paper "Attributing intentions under projection bias".

Øivind Schøyen
Øivind Schøyen

The presentation took place at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences 

 

Authors:

Xianwen Chen, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research.

Øivind Schøyen, The Choice Lab, Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics.

Abstract:

We experimentally test whether holders of different internalized norms interpret intentions of actions in systematically different ways due to projection bias. Since one typically cannot observe people's internalized norms, the strength of their social preferences or their monetary incentives, inferring intentions from actions is a multi dimension inference problem. This study seeks to study this problem by investigating intention attribution in a setting where the monetary incentives are known: a redistribution choice of voting for either full redistribution or no redistribution. Individuals with above median income will have monetary incentives for no redistribution and individuals below median income will have monetary incentives for full redistribution. In this setting, we study intention attribution in groups with heterogeneous internalized distributive norms. We develop a simple model of inference of intentions to show that misattribution can arise from participants overestimating the prevalence of their own distributive norm, projection bias, and explore whether there is evidence for this in the experimental data.