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Young, Selfish and Male: Field evidence of social preferences

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  • John A. List

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This study examines social preferences in three distinct field environments. In the first field setting, I allow consumers of all age and education levels to participate in one-shot and multiple-shot public goods games in a well-functioning marketplace. The second field study, an actual university capital campaign, gathers data from mail solicitations sent to 2,000 Central Florida residents. In the third field experiment, I examine data from an uncontrolled environment, a television gameshow, which closely resembles the classic prisoner's dilemma game. Several insights emerge; perhaps the most provocative is that age and social preferences appear linked. Copyright 2004 Royal Economic Society.

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Volume (Year): 114 (2004)
Issue (Month): 492 (01)
Pages: 121-149

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Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:114:y:2004:i:492:p:121-149

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