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Does an Educated Mind Take the Broader View? A field experiment on in-group favouritism among microcredit clients

  • Kolstad, Ivar
  • Wiig, Arne

A number of studies document an in-group bias in social dilemma situations. While group structure and dynamics are important in shaping in-group favouritism, less attention has been paid to individual characteristics affecting favouritism. Using data from

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Paper provided by World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) in its series Working Paper Series with number UNU-WIDER Research Paper WP2012/45.

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Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:unu:wpaper:wp2012-45
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