Beware of Popular Kids Bearing Gifts: A Framed Field Experiment
Jingnan Chen (),
Daniel Houser (),
Natalia Montinari () and
Marco Piovesan ()
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Jingnan Chen: Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science and Department of Economics, George Mason University
No 1045, Working Papers from George Mason University, Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science
The literature on pro-social behavior shows that older children are more generous than younger children; however, the level of individual generosity is heterogeneous even between children of the same age. This paper investigates whether a childâ€™s popularity affects a childâ€™s generosity. Our participants â€“ 231 children, six to twelve years old â€“ decide how many of their four colored wristbands they want to share with another anonymous child. We manipulate the visibility of this decision: in treatment Public, the decisions are revealed to the entire class at the end of the game, whereas in treatment Private childrenâ€™s decisions remain secret. In addition, we elicited each childâ€™s network of friends using an innovative â€œseating mapâ€ mechanism. Our results reveal that more popular children are more generous in Public than Private decision environments, while less popular children behave similarly in both cases. Moreover, older children in Public display greater generosity than (i) older children in Private and (ii) younger children in either Public or Private. Finally, in Public, older and more popular children share more than less popular older children, and more than younger children regardless of popularity; whereas, in Private there is no effect of popularity on children of any age. Length: 34
Keywords: popularity; children; field experiment; public decision making; pro-social behavior (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 J13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Journal Article: Beware of popular kids bearing gifts: A framed field experiment (2016)
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