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Social desirability, approval and public good contribution

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  • Daniel John Zizzo

    (University of East Anglia)

  • Piers Fleming

    (University of East Anglia)

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Behaviour in public good experiments is usually attributed partly to rational self-interest and partly to social norms and preferences. This paper examines if sensitivity to social desirability affects public good contribution and in what way. A pre-experimental measure of social desirability (SDS17) was used to match partners in a two-person public good game. Half the participants received experimenter approval based upon their investment. Contrary to predictions, the highest public good investment was by low social desirability participants in the approval condition. Social desirability was not positively related to pro-social behaviour. We consider its relation to experimental and social conformity.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. in its series Working Paper series, University of East Anglia, Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS) with number 09-11.

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Keywords: social desirability; experimental demand effects; decision-making; public goods; conformity; image management;

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Cited by:
  1. Koch, Christian, 2013. "The Virtue Ethics Hypothesis: Is there a nexus between virtues and well-being?," Annual Conference 2013 (Duesseldorf): Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order 80054, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
  2. Bereket Kebede & Daniel John Zizzo, 2011. "Envy and agricultural innocation: An experimental case study from Ethiopia," Working Paper series, University of East Anglia, Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS) 11-12, School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK..
  3. Daniel John Zizzo & Piers Fleming, 2010. "Can experimental measures of sensitivity to social pressure predict public good contribution?," Working Paper series, University of East Anglia, Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS) 10-03, School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK..

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