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Can intentions spoil the kindness of a gift? - An experimental study

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  • Strassmair, Christina
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    Consider a situation where person A undertakes a costly action that benefits person B. This behavior seems altruistic. However, if A expects a reward in return from B, then A's action may be motivated by the expected rewards rather than by pure altruism. The question we address in this experimental study is how B reacts to the intentions of A. We vary the probability, with which the second mover in a trust game can reciprocate, and analyze effects on second mover behavior. Our results suggest that the perceived kindness and its rewards are not spoiled by expected rewards.

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    Paper provided by University of Munich, Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers in Economics with number 10351.

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    Date of creation: 20 Mar 2009
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    Keywords: social preferences; intentions; beliefs; psychological game theory; experiment;

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    1. Currie, Janet & Lin, Wanchuan & Meng, Juanjuan, 2013. "Social networks and externalities from gift exchange: Evidence from a field experiment," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 107(C), pages 19-30.

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