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dc.contributor.authorThöni, Christianen_US
dc.contributor.authorGächter, Simonen_US
dc.description.abstractSubstantial evidence suggests the behavioral relevance of social preferences and also the importance of social influence effects (peer effects). Yet, little is known about how peer effects and social preferences are related. In a three-person gift-exchange experiment we find causal evidence for peer effects in voluntary cooperation: agents' efforts are positively related despite the absence of material payoff interdependencies. We confront this result with major theories of social preferences which predict that efforts are unrelated, or negatively related. Some theories allow for positively-related efforts but cannot explain most observations. Conformism, norm following and considerations of social esteem are candidate explanations.en_US
dc.publisherInstitute for the Study of Labor (IZA) Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDiscussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6277en_US
dc.subject.keywordsocial preferencesen_US
dc.subject.keywordvoluntary cooperationen_US
dc.subject.keywordpeer effectsen_US
dc.subject.keywordreflection problemen_US
dc.subject.keywordgift exchangeen_US
dc.subject.keywordsocial normsen_US
dc.subject.keywordsocial esteemen_US
dc.subject.stwSoziale Gruppeen_US
dc.subject.stwSoziale Wohlfahrtsfunktionen_US
dc.subject.stwSoziale Normen_US
dc.titlePeer effects and social preferences in voluntary cooperationen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
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