Altruism and Social Integration
Pablo Brañas Garza,
Ramón Cobo Reyes,
Maria Paz Espinosa (),
Natalia Jiménez (),
Jaromír Kovářík () and
Giovanni Ponti ()
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No 2009-35, DFAEII Working Papers from University of the Basque Country - Department of Foundations of Economic Analysis II
We report on a two-stage experiment in which i) we first elicit the social network within a section of undergraduate students and ii) we then measure their altruistic attitudes by means of a standard Dictator game. We observe that more socially integrated subjects are also more altruistic, as betweenness centrality and reciprocal degree are positively correlated with the level of giving, even after controlling for framing and social distance, which have been shown to significantly affect giving in previous studies. Our findings suggest that social distance and social integration are complementary determinants of altruistic behavior.
Keywords: altruism; centrality; social network experiments (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 D85 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Journal Article: Altruism and social integration (2010)
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