Anderson, Jon Burks, Stephen V. Carpenter, Jeffrey Götte, Lorenz Maurer, Karsten Nosenzo, Daniele Potter, Ruth Rocha, Kim Rustichini, Aldo
Year of Publication:
CeDEx Discussion Paper Series 2010-22
We measure the other-regarding behavior in samples from three related populations in the upper Midwest of the United States: college students, non-student adults from the community surrounding the college, and adult trainee truckers in a residential training program. The first two groups were recruited according to procedures commonly used in experimental economics and therefore subjects self-selected into the experiment. Because the structure of their training program reduced the opportunity cost of participating dramatically, 91% of the solicited trainees participated in the third group, so there was little scope for self-selection in this sample. We find no differences in the elicited other-regarding preferences between the self-selected adults and the adult trainees, suggesting that selection into this type of experiment is unlikely to bias inferences with respect to non-student adult subjects. At the same time, we find a large difference between self-selected students and self-selected adults: the students appear considerably less pro-social.
methodology selection bias laboratory experiment field experiment otherregarding behavior social preferences truckload trucker