Correlational findings

Study Charness & Grosskopf (2001): study ES 1998

University students, Barcelona, Spain, 1998
N = 121
Non Response
0 %
Multiple assesment methods
Questionnaire and experiment


Authors's Label
Decision 1: egalitarian over other-rewarding
Our Classification
Values were in Spanish Peseta's: 150 = US$ 1 Only active subjects (B) considered here.
Egalitarian 34 %, Other-rewarding 66 %
Ss met in one large room and were explained that they would randomly be assigned one of two roles in an experiment:
A: Passive role (dead), no say in the decision, only asked what they would do if they had been in the other role and/or to predict the choice of B
B: Active role (live), makes two decisions about partition of money between A and B.
After this introduction Ss were randomly assigned either role A or role B.
Next Ss answered written questions about respectively general happiness (GH), comparative happiness (CH) and momentary happiness (MH)
Then B's were asked to choose between two options for partition between all A and B subjects, which were equally rewarding for themselves:
1 other-rewarding: 900 for A, 600 for B
2 egalitarian:     600 for A, 600 for B

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks A-AOL-g-sq-v-11-a DM = + ns Other-rewarding choice:  GH=6.60 (MH=5.98)
Egalitarian choice:      GH=6.71 (MH=6.24)
A-AOL-g-sq-v-11-a rs = +.04 ns A-AOL-g-sq-v-11-a rpc = +.04 ns rpc controled for mood of the moment (MH)