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Friendship in a Public Good Experiment

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  • Haan, Marco

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    (University of Groningen)

  • Kooreman, Peter

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    (Tilburg University)

  • Riemersma, Tineke

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    (University of Groningen)

Abstract

We conduct a public good experiment with high school teenagers. Some groups exclusively consist of students that we know to be friends. Other groups exclusively consist of students that we know not to be friends, and that are mere classmates. We find that ‘friends’ contribute more to the public good than ‘classmates’ do. Contributions of ‘classmates’ sharply decrease in the last round, in line with the literature on public good experiments. However, contributions of ‘friends’ sharply increase in the last round.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2108.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2006
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2108

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  1. Attila Gulyás, 2010. "- Friends?... Fair enough," Proceedings of FIKUSZ '10, Óbuda University, Keleti Faculty of Business and Management, in: László Áron Kóczy (ed.), Proceedings of FIKUSZ 2010, pages 72-92 Óbuda University, Keleti Faculty of Business and Management.
  2. Tibor Neugebauer & Sascha Füllbrunn, 2008. "Anonymity deters collusion in hard-close auctions: Experimental Evidence," LSF Research Working Paper Series, Luxembourg School of Finance, University of Luxembourg 08-09, Luxembourg School of Finance, University of Luxembourg.
  3. Vollan, Björn, 2011. "The difference between kinship and friendship: (Field-) experimental evidence on trust and punishment," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 40(1), pages 14-25, February.
  4. Pablo Brañas-Garza & María Paz Espinosa, 2006. "Altruism with Social Roots: an Emerging Literature," ThE Papers, Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada. 06/05, Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada..
  5. Gulyás, Attila, 2011. "Diktátor a barátom? A barátság és a méltányosság kapcsolata
    [Is my friend a dictator? The relation between friendship and impartiality]
    ," Közgazdasági Szemle (Economic Review - monthly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Közgazdasági Szemle Alapítvány (Economic Review Foundation), vol. 0(5), pages 430-444.
  6. Basit Zafar, 2009. "An experimental investigation of why individuals conform," Staff Reports, Federal Reserve Bank of New York 365, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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