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Are nurses more altruistic than real estate brokers?

  • Jacobsen, Karin

    ()

    (Dept. of Economics, University of Oslo)

  • H. Eika, Kari

    (The Royal Ministry of Health and Care Services)

  • Helland, Leif

    (Department of Economics, BI Norwegian School of Management)

  • Thori Lind, Jo

    ()

    (Dept. of Economics, University of Oslo)

  • Nyborg, Karine

    ()

    (Dept. of Economics, University of Oslo)

We report results from a dictator game experiment with nurse students and real estate broker students as dictators, and Amnesty International as the recipient. Although brokers contributed substantial amounts, nurses contributed significantly more, on average 76 percent of their endowment. In a second part, subjects chose between a certain repetition of the experiment and a 50-50 chance of costly exit. About one third of the brokers and half of the nurses chose the exit option. While generosity was indeed higher among nurses, even when taking exits into account, the difference cannot readily be attributed to different degrees of altruism.

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Paper provided by Oslo University, Department of Economics in its series Memorandum with number 09/2011.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 28 Apr 2011
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:osloec:2011_009
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