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Davis, Alexander L; Miller, John H; Weber, Roberto A (2011). Generosity Across Contexts. Working paper series / Department of Economics No. 50, University of Zurich.



Extensive research in economics explores generosity in monetary allocations, while generosity in non-laboratory contexts often involves the allocation of consumption goods or non-monetary harm. Psychological evidence suggests that
generosity may be higher in such contexts. We compare generosity in decisions that vary whether allocations are monetary or non-monetary, and whether they involve utility gains or losses. In two experiments, generosity is higher in nonmonetary contexts. Thus, the typical monetary laboratory Dictator game may underestimate generosity in many non-laboratory contexts. We find a weak relationship between individuals’ allocation decisions in monetary and nonmonetary contexts, but a strong relationship within monetary contexts.


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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
JEL Classification:D03, D64, C91
Uncontrolled Keywords:Altruism, generosity, harm, experiment
Date:November 2011
Deposited On:25 Nov 2011 13:53
Last Modified:12 Sep 2012 14:59
Series Name:Working paper series / Department of Economics
Number of Pages:38
ISSN:1664-7041 (P) 1664-705X (E)
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/static/wp/econwp050.pdf
Related URLs:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/static/workingpapers.php

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