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Volunteers and Pseudo-Volunteers: The Effect of Recruitment Method in Dictator Experiments

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  • Catherine Eckel

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  • Philip Grossman

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We report the results of experiments that test for behavioral differences between volunteer subjects recruited in the usual way and pseudo-volunteer subjects in experiments conducted during class time. In a series of dictator games, we find that psuedo-volunteers are more generous on average than their volunteer counterparts, and that non-monetary factors such as religious or altruistic preferences have a greater effect on the giving behavior of pseudo-volunteers. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000

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  • Catherine Eckel & Philip Grossman, 2000. "Volunteers and Pseudo-Volunteers: The Effect of Recruitment Method in Dictator Experiments," Experimental Economics, Springer;Economic Science Association, vol. 3(2), pages 107-120, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:expeco:v:3:y:2000:i:2:p:107-120
    DOI: 10.1023/A:1026572918109
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