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(Bad) Luck or (Lack of) Effort?: Comparing Social Sharing Norms between US and Europe

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  • Pedro Rey-Biel
  • Roman Sheremeta
  • Neslihan Uler

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We compare the determinants of individual giving between two countries, Spain and the US, which differ in their redistribution policies and their beliefs over the causes of poverty. By varying the information about the determinants of income, we find that, although overall giving is similar in both countries when subjects know the actual role of luck and effort, Spanish subjects give more when they are uninformed compared to American subjects. Using elicited beliefs, we find that this is due to Spanish subjects associating poverty with bad luck and Americans believing that low performers did not work hard enough.

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Paper provided by Barcelona Graduate School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 584.

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Keywords: individual giving; cross-cultural; beliefs; laboratory experiment;

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  1. Tonin, Mirco & Vlassopoulos, Michael, 2013. "Sharing One's Fortune? An Experimental Study on Earned Income and Giving," IZA Discussion Papers 7294, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Neher, Frank, 2012. "Preferences for redistribution around the world," Discussion Papers, Free University Berlin, School of Business & Economics 2012/2, Free University Berlin, School of Business & Economics.
  3. Neher, Frank, 2012. "Preferences for Redistribution around the World," Working Papers 26/2012, Universidade Portucalense, Centro de Investigação em Gestão e Economia (CIGE).

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