Can We Infer Social Preferences from the Lab? Evidence from the Trust Game
47 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2010
Date Written: January 21, 2010
We show that a measure of reciprocity derived from the Berg et al. (1995) trust game in a laboratory setting predicts the reciprocal behavior of the same subjects in a real-world situation. By using the Crowne and Marlowe (1960) social desirability scale, we do not find any evidence that a desire to conform to social norms distorts results in the lab, yet we do find evidence that it affects results in the field.
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