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Giving and sorting among friends: evidence from a lab-in-the-field experiment

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Binzel, Christine; Fehr, Dietmar

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Corporate Editor Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH
Abstract Among residents of an informal housing area in Cairo, we examine how dictator giving varies by the social distance between subjects -friend versus stranger- and by the anonymity of the dictator. While giving to strangers is high under anonymity, we find -consistent with Leider et al. (2009)- that (i) a decrease in social distance increases giving, (ii) giving to a stranger and to a friend is positively correlated, and (iii) more altruistic dictators increase their giving less under non-anonymity than less altruistic dictators. However, friends are not alike in their altruistic preferences, suggesting that an individual's intrinsic preferences may not necessarily be shaped by his (or her) peers. Instead, reciprocal motives seem important, indicating that social relationships may be valued differently when individuals are financially dependent on them. (author's abstract)
Keywords Egypt; social distance; dictatorship; social network; anonymity; social relations
Classification General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
City Berlin
Page/Pages 8 p.
Series Discussion Papers / Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, Forschungsschwerpunkt Markt und Entscheidung, Abteilung Verhalten auf Märkten, SP II 2013-207
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications