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Cooperation and Personality

Eugenio Proto and Aldo Rustichini
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Aldo Rustichini: Department of Economics, University of Minnesota

The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) from University of Warwick, Department of Economics

Abstract: Cooperating behavior may be fostered by personality traits reflecting either favorable inclination to others or willingness to comply with norms and rules. We test the relative importance of these two factors in an experiment where subjects provide real mental effort in two treatments with identical task, differing only by whether others' payment is affected. If the first hypothesis is true, subjects reporting high Agreeableness score should put more effort; if the second is true, reporting higher Conscientiousness should predict more effort. We find experimental support for the second hypothesis but not for the first, as subjects reporting high Altruism do not behave consistently with this statement. JEL classification: C90 ; D03 ; D82

Keywords: Personality Traits; Cooperation; Effort Provision (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-evo, nep-exp, nep-hrm, nep-lab, nep-neu and nep-soc
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