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Are Social Preference Related to Market Perfomance

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  • Andreas Leibbrandt

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This paper combines experimental with field data from professional sellers to study whether social preferences are related to performance in natural markets. The data show that sellers who are more pro-social in a laboratory experiment are also more successful in natural markets: they achieve higher prices, have superior trade relations and better abilities to signal trustworthiness to buyers. These findings suggest that social preferences play a significant role for outcomes in natural markets.

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  • Andreas Leibbrandt, 2011. "Are Social Preference Related to Market Perfomance," Artefactual Field Experiments 00582, The Field Experiments Website.
  • Handle: RePEc:feb:artefa:00582
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    JEL classification:

    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
    • D49 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Other

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