Festival Games: Inebriated and Sober Altruists

15 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2023

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Giuseppe Attanasi

Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis - Groupe de Recherche en Droit, Economie et Gestion (GREDEG)

James C. Cox

Georgia State University

Vjollca Sadiraj

Georgia State University

Abstract

We run a staged field experiment during three concerts in the South of Italy, characterized by the same traditional music and a comparable average level of alcohol consumption by attendees. Individual blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is measured with electronic breathalyzers. The experimental games proposed to concert attendees are mini-games of payoff equivalent private and common property games (Cox et al. 2009). We find that alcohol consumption leads to less pro-social behavior independently of the version of the game, and that the rate of efficient choices is more than twice as high in the private property game than in the common property game. Efficiency of play decreases with alcohol consumption, increases with belief about the percentage of participants who are not inebriated, and is higher for tourists than local participants.

Keywords: Staged Field Experiment, Alcohol, Private Property Game, Common Property Game, reciprocity, Tourists

Suggested Citation

Attanasi, Giuseppe and Cox, James C. and Sadiraj, Vjollca, Festival Games: Inebriated and Sober Altruists. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4388579 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4388579

Giuseppe Attanasi

Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis - Groupe de Recherche en Droit, Economie et Gestion (GREDEG) ( email )

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James C. Cox (Contact Author)

Georgia State University

Vjollca Sadiraj

Georgia State University

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Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
United States

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