Do Social Preferences Increase Productivity? Field Experimental Evidence from Fishermen in Toyama Bay
19 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2011
In addition to showing that student measures of social preference, a concern for outcomes achieved by other reference agents, are quite different from those obtained in the field with participants who face social dilemmas in their daily lives, we find links between the social preferences of our field participants and their productivity at work. We also find that the field stock of social preferences evolves endogenously with respect to how widely team production is utilized. Because the link between productivity and social preference is strong, we provide a reason for the wider economics profession to take notice of social preferences.
JEL Classification: C93, D21, D24, H41, J24, M52, Z13
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