EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Testing Theories of Reciprocity: Do Motivations Matter?

Luca Stanca (), Luigino Bruni () and Luca Corazzini ()

Post-Print from HAL

Abstract: One of the key issues for understanding reciprocity is how agents evaluate the kindness of an action. In this paper we investigate experimentally the hypothesis that the motivation driving an action is relevant for its perceived kindness and, as a consequence, for reciprocal behavior. In particular, we examine the hypothesis that, for a given distributional outcome, positive reciprocity is less strong in response to strategically motivated actions than to non-strategically motivated actions. Our results indicate that, both at the aggregate and the individual level, reciprocity is significantly stronger when strategic motivations can be ruled out. These findings suggest that intentions matter and, in particular, that models of intention-based reciprocity should take into account the nature of the motivations behind choices.

Keywords: Reciprocity; Motivations; Laboratory Experiments (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009-05-03
Note: View the original document on HAL open archive server: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-00693819
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (22) Track citations by RSS feed

Published in Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Elsevier, 2009, 71 (2), pp.233. 〈10.1016/j.jebo.2009.04.009〉

Downloads: (external link)
https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-00693819/document (application/pdf)

Related works:
Journal Article: Testing theories of reciprocity: Do motivations matter? (2009) Downloads
Working Paper: Testing Theories of Reciprocity: Do Motivations Matter? (2007) 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:hal:journl:hal-00693819

DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2009.04.009

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Post-Print from HAL
Bibliographic data for series maintained by CCSD ().

 
Page updated 2019-10-04
Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00693819