Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/96536
Authors: 
Martinsson, Peter
Myrseth, Kristian Ove R.
Wollbrant, Conny
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
ESMT Working Paper 10-003 (R1)
Abstract: 
We test the proposition that individuals may experience a self-control conflict between short-term temptation to be selfish and better judgment to act pro-socially. Using a dictator game and a public goods game, we manipulated the likelihood that individuals identified self-control conflict, and we measured their trait ability to implement self-control strategies. Consistent with our hypothesis, we find that trait self-control exhibits a positive and significant correlation with pro-social behavior in the treatment that raises likelihood of conflict identification, but not in the treatment that reduces likelihood of conflict identification.
Subjects: 
self-control
pro-social behavior
altruism
experiment
JEL: 
D01
D03
D64
D70
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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