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WP #: 023

Date: Jan 2015



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Young, selfish, and male: Field evidence of social preferences

     This paper was published in The Economic Journal in 2004

    Steven Levitt, John List

    University of Chicago
    University of Chicago, NBER


Abstract:
This study examines social preferences in three distinct field environments. In the first field setting, I allow consumers of all age and education levels to participate in one-shot and multiple-shot public goods games in a well-functioning marketplace. The second field study, an actual university capital campaign, gathers data from mail solicitations sent to 2,000 Central Florida residents. In the third field experiment, I examine data from an uncontrolled environment, a television gameshow, which closely resembles the classic prisoner’s dilemma game. Several insights emerge; perhaps the most provocative is that age and social preferences appear linked.