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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000075510

Animal welfare and human ethics: A personality study

Albrecht, Konstanze; Krämer, Florentin; Szech, Nora

Abstract:
We elicit concern for animal welfare in an incentivized, direct and real setup that allows us to separate genuine interest in animal welfare from
confounding factors like advertisement, replacement arguments or image concerns. Subjects choose between intensive farming and organic living
conditions for a laying hen. Opting for better living conditions is costly, but guarantees better food, daylight, and more space to the hen. Hence
subjects have to trade off a selfish benefit (money) against the welfare of a hen. Our data shed light on a long-standing philosophical debate about the relationship between animal welfare and human ethics. We confirm that subjects with higher interests in the hen’s well-being exhibit higher moral standards towards humans. Supporters of intensive farming are significantly less prosocial and open-minded, and more Machiavellian than others.


Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre (ECON)
Publikationstyp Forschungsbericht
Jahr 2017
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2190-9806
URN: urn:nbn:de:swb:90-755103
KITopen ID: 1000075510
Verlag KIT, Karlsruhe
Umfang 30 S.
Serie Working paper series in economics ; 103
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