We talked about why people had such a negative reaction to the auction mechanism that I proposed for allocating rooms. The conclusion was that it's because we have ingrained notions of what is fair.
Here are some examples of things that people reflexively think are fair (even when they're not):
- Split it in half.
- First come first served
- Share and share alike
- Whoever organizes gets more
- Draw straws
An interesting question - Is this Nature or Nuture?
Are these behaviours that are ingrained in us as humans or are these things that are learned? We do teach children these behaviours when they're young in order to socialize them and teach them how to get along. Is this at the root of our visceral reactions to what is fair and not fair?