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Title: Do Social Preferences Increase Productivity? Field experimental evidence from fishermen in Toyama Bay
Authors: Seki, Erika
Carpenter, Jeffrey
Keywords: income pooling
field experiment
social preference
Issue Date: Oct-2004
Publisher: University of Aberdeen Business School
Series/Report no.: Economics Working Paper Series
Abstract: We provide a reason for the wider economics profession to take social preferences, a concern for the outcomes achieved by other reference agents, seriously. Although we show that student measures of social preference elicited in an experiment have little external validity when compared to measures obtained from a field experiment with a population of participants who face a social dilemma in their daily lives (i.e., team production), we also find strong links between the social preferences of our field participants and their productivity at work.
ISSN: 0143 4543
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