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dc.contributor.authorFalk, Arminen_US
dc.contributor.authorMeier, Stephanen_US
dc.contributor.authorZehnder, Christianen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-11-11en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-06-29T11:20:02Z-
dc.date.available2011-06-29T11:20:02Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/46489-
dc.description.abstractSocial preference research has fundamentally changed the way economists think about many important economic and social phenomena. However, the empirical foundation of social preferences is largely based on laboratory experiments with self-selected students as participants. This is potentially problematic as students participating in experiments may behave systematically different than non-participating students or non-students. In this paper we empirically investigate whether laboratory experiments with student samples misrepresent the importance of social preferences. Our first study shows that students who exhibit stronger prosocial inclinations in an unrelated field donation are not more likely to participate in experiments. This suggests that self-selection of more prosocial students into experiments is not a major issue. Our second study compares behavior of students and the general population in a trust experiment. We find very similar behavioral patterns for the two groups. If anything, the level of reciprocation seems higher among non-students implying an even greater importance of social preferences than assumed from student samples.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherCESifo Münchenen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCESifo working paper: Empirical and Theoretical Methods 3177en_US
dc.subject.jelC90en_US
dc.subject.jelD03en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordmethodologyen_US
dc.subject.keywordselectionen_US
dc.subject.keywordexperimentsen_US
dc.subject.keywordprosocial behavioren_US
dc.subject.stwSoziale Wohlfahrtsfunktionen_US
dc.subject.stwAustauschtheorie (Soziologie)en_US
dc.subject.stwExperimentelle Ökonomiken_US
dc.subject.stwStudierendeen_US
dc.subject.stwWissenschaftliche Methodeen_US
dc.subject.stwVertrauenen_US
dc.subject.stwTesten_US
dc.titleDid we overestimate the role of social preferences? The case of self-selected student samplesen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn638954193en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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