Rationality Around the World


Two staples of experimental economics are the "dictator game" and the "ultimatum game," in which players acting under slightly different rules split a pot of cash. It's long been known that the behavior of your average grad student in these games is more complex than the most stripped down neoclassical model would predict. Now this article sums up some results from runs of the games across different cultures, and finds high levels of local variation. Our own Ron Bailey wrote about another cross-cultural study using these games back in 2002.