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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Commentary: Fairness is intuitive
Author(s): Myrseth, Kristian Ove R
Wollbrant, Conny
Keywords: fairness
decision times
dictator game
Issue Date: 9-May-2016
Citation: Myrseth KOR & Wollbrant C (2016) Commentary: Fairness is intuitive. Commentary on: Cappelen, A. W., Nielsen, U. H., Tungodden, B., Tyran, J.-R., and Wengström, E. (2015). Fairness is intuitive, Exp. Econ. doi: 10.1007/s10683-015-9463-y. [Epub ahead of print].. Frontiers in Psychology, 1 (7), Art. No.: 654.
Abstract: First paragraph: Cappelen et al. (2015) open their paper, “Fairness is intuitive,” with the observation, “A key question in the social sciences is whether it is intuitive to behave in a fair manner or whether fair behavior requires active self-control” (p. 2). They purport to offer “evidence showing that fair behavior is intuitive to most people” (p. 1). Their premise is that deciding by intuition is faster than deciding by deliberation. While this premise in and on itself is rather uncontroversial—the conclusion that they draw from it is not: “Since a decision that relies on intuition is typically made faster than a decision that relies on deliberation, the response time of a fair decision relative to a selfish decision provides an important indication of the intuitiveness of fair behavior” (p. 2). This reasoning, in fact, amounts to a reverse inference fallacy. “Intuitive” may mean “fast,” but this would not imply that “fast” means “intuitive.”
DOI Link: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00654
Rights: © 2016 Myrseth and Wollbrant. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

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