EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Would I Care if I Knew?: Image Concerns and Social Confirmation in Giving

Alexander Kritikos () and Jonathan Tan ()

No 1439, Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin from DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research

Abstract: This paper experimentally investigates the nature of image concerns in gift giving. For this, we test variants of dictator and impunity games where the influences of social preferences on behavior are kept constant across all games. Givers maximize material payoffs by pretending to be fair when receivers do not know the actual surplus size, implying that portraying an outward appearance of norm compliance matters more than actual compliance. In impunity games, receivers can reject gifts with no payoff consequence to givers. In the face of receivers’ feedback, some givers ensure positive feedback by donating more while some avoid negative feedback by not giving at all. Removing feedback reduces the incentive to give altogether. Differing behavior in the four games implies that social confirmation plays a crucial role in the transmission of image concerns in giving.

Keywords: Dictator; impunity; experiment; image; social confirmation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C78 C92 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-exp, nep-gth, nep-hpe and nep-soc
Date: 2014
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.diw.de/documents/publikationen/73/diw_01.c.493885.de/dp1439.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
Working Paper: Would I Care if I Knew? Image Concerns and Social Confirmation in Giving (2014) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:diw:diwwpp:dp1439

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin from DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Bibliothek ().

 
Page updated 2019-11-17
Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwpp:dp1439