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Temporal dynamics of pro-social behavior: an experimental analysis

Jan Schmitz

Experimental Economics, 2019, vol. 22, issue 1, No 1, 23 pages

Abstract: Abstract Individuals have opportunities to behave pro-socially at different points in time. This study investigates the interdependence between temporarily separated good deeds and their effect on individual pro-social behavior. In a multi-session laboratory experiment, subjects play a donation dictator game. The first group of subjects runs through two sessions on the same day. For the second group, there is a time-lag of one week between sessions. In both treatments, subjects decrease their donation decision in the second session. Spillover effects of pro-social behavior, however, decrease over time as the reduction in donations is smaller for subjects with larger time-lag between decisions.

Keywords: Charitable giving; Social preferences; Experimental economics; Behavioral spillovers; C91; D03; H41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1007/s10683-018-9583-2

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