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The Misaddressed Letter Experiment

Gweneth Leigh and Andrew Leigh ()

Applied Economics Letters, 2018, vol. 25, issue 21, 1527-1530

Abstract: We design a new field experiment to test pro-social behaviour: will a household return a letter that has been incorrectly addressed? On average, we find that half of all letters were returned. Return rates do not vary significantly according to the gender, race or ethnicity of the fictitious addressee. However, return rates are higher in more affluent neighbourhoods.

Date: 2018
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