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Generosity across contexts


Davis, Alexander L; Jehli, Nadja R; Miller, John H; Weber, Roberto A (2015). Generosity across contexts. Working paper series / Department of Economics 50, University of Zurich.

Abstract

Extensive research in economics explores generosity in monetary allocations. However, generosity often involves the allocation of non-monetary goods or experiences. Existing evidence suggests that generosity may be higher in such contexts, though no direct comparison exists. Here, we compare generosity in decisions that vary whether allocations are monetary or non-monetary. In two experiments, generosity is significantly higher in non-monetary contexts. Thus, the typical monetary laboratory dictator game may underestimate generosity in many non-laboratory contexts where allocations are non-monetary. We find weaker relationships between individuals’ allocation decisions across monetary and non-monetary contexts than for allocations that hold constant the monetary nature of the context.

Abstract

Extensive research in economics explores generosity in monetary allocations. However, generosity often involves the allocation of non-monetary goods or experiences. Existing evidence suggests that generosity may be higher in such contexts, though no direct comparison exists. Here, we compare generosity in decisions that vary whether allocations are monetary or non-monetary. In two experiments, generosity is significantly higher in non-monetary contexts. Thus, the typical monetary laboratory dictator game may underestimate generosity in many non-laboratory contexts where allocations are non-monetary. We find weaker relationships between individuals’ allocation decisions across monetary and non-monetary contexts than for allocations that hold constant the monetary nature of the context.

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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, non-monetary, harm, experiment
Language:English
Date:March 2015
Deposited On:25 Nov 2011 13:53
Last Modified:12 Aug 2017 12:34
Series Name:Working paper series / Department of Economics
Number of Pages:42
ISSN:1664-7041
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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