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Generosity Across Contexts


Alexander L. Davis


affiliation not provided to SSRN

John H. Miller


Carnegie Mellon University - Department of Social and Decision Sciences

Roberto A. Weber


University of Zurich - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

November 1, 2011

University of Zurich Working Paper No. 50

Abstract:     
Extensive research in economics explores generosity in monetary allocations, while generosity in non-laboratory contexts often involves the allocation of consumption goods or non-monetary harm. Psychological evidence suggests that generosity may be higher in such contexts. We compare generosity in decisions that vary whether allocations are monetary or non-monetary, and whether they involve utility gains or losses. In two experiments, generosity is higher in non monetary contexts. Thus, the typical monetary laboratory Dictator game may underestimate generosity in many non-laboratory contexts. We find a weak relationship between individuals’ allocation decisions in monetary and non monetary contexts, but a strong relationship within monetary contexts.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 40

Keywords: Altruism, generosity, harm, experiment

JEL Classification: D03, D64, C91

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Date posted: December 7, 2011  

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Davis, Alexander L. and Miller, John H. and Weber, Roberto A., Generosity Across Contexts (November 1, 2011). University of Zurich Working Paper No. 50. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1969403 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1969403

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Alexander L. Davis (Contact Author)
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John H. Miller
Carnegie Mellon University - Department of Social and Decision Sciences ( email )
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
United States
412-268-3229 (Phone)
412-268-6938 (Fax)
Roberto A. Weber
University of Zurich - Department of Economics ( email )
Zuerich, 8006
Switzerland
CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) ( email )
Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany
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