The Misaddressed Letter Experiment

9 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2018

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Gweneth Leigh

Independent

Andrew Leigh

Australian House of Representatives Parliament House; Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, ANU; IZA

Abstract

We design a new field experiment to test pro-social behaviour: will a household return a letter that has been incorrectly addressed? On average, we find that half of all letters were returned. Return rates do not vary significantly according to the gender, race or ethnicity of the fictitious addressee. However, return rates are higher in more affluent neighbourhoods.

Keywords: field experiments, discrimination, altruism

JEL Classification: J71, C93, D64

Suggested Citation

Leigh, Gweneth and Leigh, Andrew, The Misaddressed Letter Experiment. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11315, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3129259

Andrew Leigh

Australian House of Representatives Parliament House ( email )

Canberra, 2600
Australia

Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, ANU ( email )

ANU College of Business and Economics
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

IZA ( email )

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