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Title:Are nurses more altruistic than real estate brokers? PDF Logo
Authors:Jacobsen, Karin
Eika, Kari H.
Helland, Leif
Lind, Jo Thori
Nyborg, Karine
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Memorandum // Department of Economics, University of Oslo 2011,09
Abstract:We report results from a dictator game experiment with nurse students and real estate broker students as dictators, and Amnesty International as the recipient. Although brokers contributed substantial amounts, nurses contributed significantly more, on average 76 percent of their endowment. In a second part, subjects chose between a certain repetition of the experiment and a 50-50 chance of costly exit. About one third of the brokers and half of the nurses chose the exit option. While generosity was indeed higher among nurses, even when taking exits into account, the difference cannot readily be attributed to different degrees of altruism.
Subjects:Dictator game
exit option
generosity
occupational differences
JEL:D10
D64
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Memorandum, Department of Economics, University of Oslo

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