Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/111184
Authors: 
Davis, Alexander L.
Jehli, Nadja R.
Miller, John H.
Weber, Roberto A.
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Series, University of Zurich, Department of Economics 50 [rev.]
Abstract: 
Extensive research in economics explores generosity in monetary allocations. However, generosity often involves the allocation of non-monetary goods or experiences. Existing evidence suggests that generosity may be higher in such contexts, though no direct comparison exists. Here, we compare generosity in decisions that vary whether allocations are monetary or non-monetary. In two experiments, generosity is significantly higher in non-monetary contexts. Thus, the typical monetary laboratory dictator game may underestimate generosity in many nonlaboratory contexts where allocations are non-monetary. We find weaker relationships between individuals' allocation decisions across monetary and non-monetary contexts than for allocations that hold constant the monetary nature of the context.
Subjects: 
Altruism
generosity
non-monetary
harm
experiment
JEL: 
D03
D64
C91
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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