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Compliance Behavior in Networks: Evidence from a Field Experiment

Francesco Drago, Friederike Mengel and Christian Traxler

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2020, vol. 12, issue 2, 96-133

Abstract: This paper studies the spread of compliance behavior in neighborhood networks in Austria. We exploit a field experiment that varied the content of mailings sent to potential evaders of TV license fees. The data reveal a strong treatment spillover: untreated households are more likely to switch from evasion to compliance in response to mailings received by their network neighbors. Digging deeper into the properties of the spillover, we find that it is concentrated among close neighbors of the targets and increases with the treated households' diffusion centrality. Local concentration of equally treated households implies a lower spillover.

JEL-codes: C93 D12 D85 L82 L88 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
Note: DOI: 10.1257/app.20170690
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