Are Nurses More Altruistic than Real Estate Brokers?

27 Pages Posted: 31 May 2011

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Karin Jacobsen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kari H. Eika

Bank of Norway

Leif Helland

BI Norwegian Business School - Department of Economics

Jo Thori Lind

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

Karine Nyborg

University of Oslo - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

We report results from a dictator game experiment with nurse students and real estate broker students as dictators, and Amnesty International as the recipient. Although brokers contributed substantial amounts, nurses contributed significantly more, on average 76 percent of their endowment. In a second part, subjects chose between a certain repetition of the experiment and a 50-50 chance of costly exit. About one third of the brokers and half of the nurses chose the exit option. While generosity was indeed higher among nurses, even when taking exits into account, the difference cannot readily be attributed to different degrees of altruism.

Keywords: dictator game, exit option, generosity, occupational differences

JEL Classification: D10, D64

Suggested Citation

Jacobsen, Karin and Eika, Kari H. and Helland, Leif and Lind, Jo Thori and Nyborg, Karine, Are Nurses More Altruistic than Real Estate Brokers?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5721, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1855153

Karin Jacobsen (Contact Author)

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No Address Available

Kari H. Eika

Bank of Norway ( email )

Oslo, N-0107

Leif Helland

BI Norwegian Business School - Department of Economics ( email )

Nydalsveien 37
Oslo, 0484
Norway

Jo Thori Lind

University of Oslo - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 1095 Blindern
N-0317 Oslo
Norway

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Munich, DE-81679
Germany

Karine Nyborg

University of Oslo - Department of Economics ( email )

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Oslo, N-0317
Norway

HOME PAGE: http://folk.uio.no/karineny/

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

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Bonn, D-53072
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