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“Sharing Responsibility with a Machine”

Oliver Kirchkamp and Christina Strobel

Humans take decisions jointly with others. They share responsibility for the outcome with their interaction partners. More and more often the partner in this decision is not another human but, instead, a machine. Here we ask whether a machine partner affects our responsibility, our perception of the choice and our choice itself differently than a human partner. As a workhorse we use a modified dictator game with two joint decision makers: either two humans or one human and one machine.

We find a strong treatment effect on perceived responsibility. We do, however, find only a small and insignificant effect on actual choices.

JEL: C92

Keywords: Experiment, Dictator Game, Human-Machine Interaction, Hybrid-Decision Situation