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Title:Active decisions and pro-social behavior PDF Logo
Authors:Stutzer, Alois
Goette, Lorenz
Zehnder, Michael
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:Working paper series // Federal Reserve Bank of Boston 07-13
Abstract:In this paper, we propose a decision framework where people are individually asked to either actively consent to or dissent from some pro-social behavior. We hypothesize that confronting individuals with the choice of whether to engage in a specific pro-social behavior contributes to the formation of issue-specific altruistic preferences, while simultaneously involving a commitment. The hypothesis is tested in a large-scale field experiment on blood donations. We find that this active-decision” intervention substantially increases the actual donation behavior of people who had not fully formed preferences beforehand.
JEL:C93
D64
I18
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Working Paper Series, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

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