Stated Social Behavior and Revealed Actions: Evidence from Six Latin American Countries Using Representative Samples

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Hugo Ñopo

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Alberto Chong

University of Ottawa

Date Written: May 2008

Abstract

This paper explores the link between what people say they prefer to do and what they actually do. Using data from an experimental project exploring trust and pro-sociality for representative samples of individuals in six Latin American capital cities, the paper links the results of these experiments with the responses obtained from representative surveys to the same participating individuals. Individuals with higher agreement with a set of pro-social statements are those more willing to contribute and collaborate to the social welfare in the community, and what people say is linked to what people do.

Suggested Citation

Nopo, Hugo and Chong, Alberto, Stated Social Behavior and Revealed Actions: Evidence from Six Latin American Countries Using Representative Samples (May 2008). IDB Working Paper No. 534. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1820922 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1820922

Hugo Nopo (Contact Author)

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Alberto Chong

University of Ottawa ( email )

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Canada

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