Altruism and Social Integration

Brañas-Garza, Pablo and Cobo-Reyes, Ramón and Paz Espinosa, María and Jiménez, Natalia and Kovárík, Jaromír and Ponti, Giovanni (2009) Altruism and Social Integration. [Working Paper]. p. 18. DFAEII Working Papers (No. 2009-05).

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We report on a two-stage experiment in which i) we first elicit the social network within a section of undergraduate students and ii) we then measure their altruistic attitudes by means of a standard Dictator game. We observe that more socially integrated subjects are also more altruistic, as betweenness centrality and reciprocal degree are positively correlated with the level of giving, even after controlling for framing and social distance, which have been shown to significantly affect giving in previous studies. Our findings suggest that social distance and social integration are complementary determinants of altruistic behavior.

Item Type: Report / Paper (Working Paper)
Research documents and activity classification: Working Papers > Refereed Working Papers / of international relevance
Divisions: Department of Business and Management
Additional Information: The latest version of the paper has been published in "Games and Economic Behavior", Vol. 69(2), Pages 249-257, July 2010.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Altruism; Centrality; Social Network Experiments.
MIUR Scientific Area: Area 13 - Economics and Statistics > SECS-P/01 Political Economy
Deposited by: Maria Teresa Nisticò
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2010 11:53
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2015 00:13


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