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Gift-exchange in society and the social integration of refugees: Evidence from a field, a laboratory, and a survey experiment

Sabrina Jeworrek (), Bernd Josef Leisen and Vanessa Mertins

No 17/2019, IWH Discussion Papers from Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH)

Abstract: Refugee integration needs broad support from society, but only a minority is actively engaged. Given that most individuals reciprocate kind behaviour, we examine the idea that the proportion of supporters is increasing as a reciprocal response to refugees' contributions to society through volunteering. Our nationwide survey experiment shows that the intentions to contribute time and money rise significantly when citizens learn about refugees' pro-social activities. Importantly, this result holds for individuals who have not been in contact to refugees so far. We complement this investigation by experiments in the lab and the field - which confirm our findings for actual behaviour.

Keywords: gift-exchange; reciprocity; refugees; integration; field experiment; laboratory experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 D63 D91 J15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-eur, nep-exp, nep-mig and nep-ore
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