Can Experimental Measures of Sensitivity to Social Pressure Predict Public Good Contribution?
12 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2010
Date Written: February 19, 2010
Public good contribution in experiments may at least partially be driven by the social demand to contribute that is implicit in them. We consider a questionnaire measure and build a behavioral measure of sensitivity to social pressure based on paired dictator and money burning games; we find that the two are related. The evidence for social demand effects on public good contribution is mixed.
Keywords: social pressure, experimenter demand effects, public good contribution, dictator games, money burning
JEL Classification: C91, D03, D12, D21, L11
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