This study examines religion's impact on ultimatum game outcomes by focusing on Mennonite students, faculty, and staff at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in Virginia, USA. Despite doctrinal statements emphasizing community and material concern for the poor, Mennonite offers in the game are not statistically different from other Christian groups. However, there is some indication that the mean offer in this particular sample exceeds those in existing studies. One possible reason for the higher offers could be the EMU campus ethos that emphasizes social justice issues. Also, the higher offer values suggest increased altruism if Proposers correctly foresaw that Responders would reject very few low offers.
Gingrich, Chris D.; Swartzentruber, Ryan; and Kraybill, Jessica H.
"Religion and Fairness in the Ultimatum Game: Examining Mennonite Beliefs and Actions,"
Journal of Religion and Business Ethics:
Vol. 3, Article 2.
Available at: http://via.library.depaul.edu/jrbe/vol3/iss2/2