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Communication: Content or relationship?

  • Mohlin, Erik
  • Johannesson, Magnus

We investigate the effect of anonymous communication on generosity in a dictator game. One-way written communication from the recipient is compared with no communication. Communication increases donations by more than 70 percent (pÂ

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Volume (Year): 65 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3-4 (March)
Pages: 409-419

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