Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/70146
Authors: 
Böhm, Robert
Regner, Tobias
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Jena Economic Research Papers 2012,038
Abstract: 
We conduct a real-effort task experiment where subjects' performance translates into a donation to a charity. In a within-subjects design we vary the visibility of the donation (no/private/public feedback). Confirming previous studies, we find that subjects' performance increases, that is, they donate more to charity, when their relative performance is made public. In line with the competitive altruism hypothesis, a biology-based explanation for status-seeking behavior, especially male subjects increase performance in the public setting.
Subjects: 
social preferences
other-regarding behavior
charitable giving
social-image concerns
competitive altruism
experiments
social status
JEL: 
C91
D03
J16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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