Paying the Price of Sweetening Your Donation - Evidence from a Natural Field Experiment
AbstractUsing a natural field experiment in a recreational site, a public good almost fully dependent on voluntary donations, we explored the crowding-out effect of gift rewards. First, we investigated whether receiving a map in appreciation of a donation crowded out prosocial behavior and found no significant effect of giving the map. Second, we explored the effect of adding the map to a treatment designed to increase donations. Interestingly, when the gift was combined with our attempt to trigger reputational and self image motives, the probability of donating decreased significantly, compared to the social reference treatment alone.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 460.
Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: 05 Aug 2010
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Publication status: Published as Alpízar, Francisco and Peter Martinsson, 'Paying the Price of Sweetening Your Donation - Evidence from a Natural Field Experiment' in Economics Letters, 2012, pages 182-185.
Note: Published in Economics Letters, 2012, Vol 114, pp. 182-185.
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Crowding-out; donation; natural field experiment; reciprocity;
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- Alpízar, Francisco & Martinsson, Peter, 2012. "Paying the price of sweetening your donation: Evidence from a natural field experiment," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 114(2), pages 182-185.
- Alpízar, Francisco & Martinsson, Peter, 2010. "Paying the Price of Sweetening Your Donation: Evidence from a Natural Field Experiment," Discussion Papers dp-10-06-efd, Resources For the Future.
- C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
- D10 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - General
- D60 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - General
- Q50 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - General
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- NEP-ALL-2010-08-14 (All new papers)
- NEP-CBE-2010-08-14 (Cognitive & Behavioural Economics)
- NEP-EXP-2010-08-14 (Experimental Economics)
- NEP-SOC-2010-08-14 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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