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Title:Living in Two Neighborhoods : Social Interactions in the Lab PDF Logo
Authors:Falk, Armin
Fischbacher, Urs
Gächter, Simon
Issue Date:2004
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 1381
Abstract:Field evidence suggests that people belonging to the same group often behave similarly, i.e., behaviour exhibits social interaction effects. We conduct an experiment that avoids the identification problem present in the field. Our novel design feature is that each subject simultaneously is a member of two randomly assigned and identical groups where only members (?neighbours?) are different. In both groups subjects contribute to a public good. We speak of social interactions if the same subject at the same time makes group-specific contributions that depend on their respective neighbours? contribution. We find that a majority of subjects exhibits social interaction effects.
Subjects:social interactions
identification
experiments
JEL:K42
H41
C91
H26
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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