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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

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.