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When Income Depends on Performance and Luck: The Effects of Culture and Information on Giving

Pedro Rey-Biel (), Roman Sheremeta () and Neslihan Uler ()

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: We study how giving depends on income and luck, and how culture and information about the determinants of others’ income affect this relationship. Our data come from an experiment conducted in two countries, the US and Spain – each of which have different beliefs about how income inequality arises. We find that when individuals are informed about the determinants of income, there are no cross-cultural differences in giving. When uninformed, however, Americans give less than the Spanish. This difference persists even after controlling for beliefs, personal characteristics, and values.

Keywords: individual giving; information; culture; beliefs; laboratory experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 D64 D83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-cul, nep-eur, nep-exp and nep-ltv
Date: 2018-01-15
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