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dc.contributor.authorAnderson, Jonen_US
dc.contributor.authorBurks, Stephen V.en_US
dc.contributor.authorCarpenter, Jeffreyen_US
dc.contributor.authorGötte, Lorenzen_US
dc.contributor.authorMaurer, Karstenen_US
dc.contributor.authorNosenzo, Danieleen_US
dc.contributor.authorPotter, Ruthen_US
dc.contributor.authorRocha, Kimen_US
dc.contributor.authorRustichini, Aldoen_US
dc.description.abstractWe 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.en_US
dc.publisher|aCEDEX |cNottinghamen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries|aCeDEx discussion paper series |x2010-22en_US
dc.subject.keywordselection biasen_US
dc.subject.keywordlaboratory experimenten_US
dc.subject.keywordfield experimenten_US
dc.subject.keywordotherregarding behavioren_US
dc.subject.keywordsocial preferencesen_US
dc.titleSelf selection does not increase other-regarding preferences among adult laboratory subjects, but student subjects may be more self-regarding than adultsen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US

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