Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/219290
Authors: 
Jeworrek, Sabrina
Leisen, Bernd Josef
Mertins, Vanessa
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IWH Discussion Papers No. 17/2019
Abstract: 
Refugee integration requires broad support from the host society, but only a minority of the host population is actively engaged. Given that most individuals reciprocate kind behaviour, we examine the idea that the proportion of supporters will increase as a reciprocal response to refugees' contributions to society through volunteering. Our nationwide survey experiment shows that citizens' intentions to contribute time and money rise significantly when they learn about refugees' pro-social activities. Importantly, this result holds for individuals who have not been in contact with refugees. We complement this investigation with experiments in the lab and the field that confirm our findings for actual behaviour.
Subjects: 
gift-exchange
reciprocity
refugees
integration
field experiment
laboratory experiment
JEL: 
C91
C93
D63
D64
D91
J15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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