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Multiple facets of altruism and their influence on blood donation

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  • Otto, Philipp E.
  • Bolle, Friedel

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Economic theory provides a number of often complementary suggestions for modeling social motives related to altruistic behavior. Questionnaire research on altruism (Rushton et al., 1981) can enable identification of “facets” of altruism. But can we match these facets with pro-social behavior, stated reasons for such behavior, and theoretical concepts for modeling altruism? In this paper, we show that such matching is possible and plausible. Our questionnaire results suggest that overall altruism is related to charity giving, but not to blood-donation behavior. Only when investigating different facets of altruism separately can we link specific motives to specific behaviors.

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  • Otto, Philipp E. & Bolle, Friedel, 2011. "Multiple facets of altruism and their influence on blood donation," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 40(5), pages 558-563.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:40:y:2011:i:5:p:558-563
    DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2011.04.010
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    Keywords

    Intrinsic motivation; Crowding-out; Pro-social behavior; Philanthropic giving;

    JEL classification:

    • D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy; Intergenerational Transfers
    • C83 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Survey Methods; Sampling Methods
    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments

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