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Title:Do social preferences increase productivity? Field experimental evidence from fishermen in Toyama Bay PDF Logo
Authors:Carpenter, Jeffrey P.
Seki, Erika
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 1697
Abstract:We provide a reason for the wider economics profession to take social preferences, a concern for the outcomes achieved by other reference agents, seriously. Although we show that student measures of social preference elicited in an experiment have little external validity when compared to measures obtained from a field experiment with a population of participants who face a social dilemma in their daily lives (i.e., team production), we do find strong links between the social preferences of our field participants and their productivity at work. We also find that the stock of social preferences evolves endogeously with respect to how widely team production is utilized.
Subjects:field experiment
social preference
income pooling
productivity
JEL:C93
D21
D24
H41
J24
M52
M54
Z13
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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