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Pro-Social Behavior, Reciprocity or Both?

Bruno Frey () and Stephan Meier ()

No 107, IEW - Working Papers from Institute for Empirical Research in Economics - University of Zurich

Abstract: Empirical evidence is provided for the importance of non-reciprocal pro-social behavior of individuals in an anonymous, n-person pure public good setting. A unique panel data set of 136,000 observations is matched with an extensive survey. Even under anonymous conditions, a large number of individuals are prepared to donate a not insignificant sum of money. Cooperation conditional on giving by specific other persons (reciprocity) is present but the causal relationship is ambiguous. It is crucially important, whether, and in what way, one is asked to donate. Identification with the organization is also important.

Keywords: Public Goods; Pro-social behavior; Reciprocity; Donation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H41 D64 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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