Prosociality Spillovers of Working with Others

37 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2018

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Michalis Drouvelis

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

Benjamin Marx

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Date Written: January 30, 2018

Abstract

Group compensation and public announcement of performance are two common aspects of working with other people. We randomly assign these aspects to real-effort tasks. Following task completion and payment, subjects are given an unexpected opportunity to donate to a local charity. Group compensation and public announcement of performance have little effect on work performance but striking spillover effects on subsequent donations. Public announcement of performance doubles the amount donated to charity, and group compensation significantly increases the share donating. The results suggest that interpersonal interactions in the workplace environment may have important spillover effects on prosocial behavior outside of work.

Keywords: prosocial, spillover, charitable, group, experiment

JEL Classification: D010, D640, A130

Suggested Citation

Drouvelis, Michalis and Marx, Benjamin, Prosociality Spillovers of Working with Others (January 30, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3138409 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3138409

Michalis Drouvelis (Contact Author)

University of Birmingham - Department of Economics ( email )

Economics Department
Birmingham, B15 2TT
United Kingdom

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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute ( email )

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Benjamin Marx

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( email )

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