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Social Distance, Cooperation and Other Regarding Preferences: A New Approach Based on the Theory of Relational Goods

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  • Leonardo Becchetti

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    (University of Rome Tor Vergata)

  • Giacomo Degli Antoni

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    (EconomEtica)

  • Marco Faillo

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    (University of Trento - Faculty of Economics)

Abstract

The paper is divided in six sections. In the second section we provide a short survey of the literature on relational goods. In the third section we describe the experimental design of the two experiments presented in Becchetti et al. (2007) and Becchetti, Degli Antoni and Faillo (2009) (hereafter also B2007 and B2009). In the fourth section we discuss the hypotheses on the effect of relational goods on players’ behaviour in the two experiments. In the fifth section we discuss the main findings. The sixth section concludes.

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Paper provided by Econometica in its series Econometica Working Papers with number wp18.

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Date of creation: Mar 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ent:wpaper:wp18

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  1. Leonardo Becchetti & Alessandra Pelloni & Fiammetta Rossetti, 2008. "Relational Goods, Sociability, and Happiness," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 61(3), pages 343-363, 08.
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  1. Leonardo Becchetti & Giacomo degli Antoni, 2009. "The Sources of Happiness: Evidence from the Investment Game," Econometica Working Papers wp13, Econometica.
  2. Lotito, Gianna & Migheli, Matteo & Ortona, Guido, 2011. "An experimental inquiry into the nature of relational goods," POLIS Working Papers 160, Institute of Public Policy and Public Choice - POLIS.

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