DP7634 Can we infer social preferences from the lab? Evidence from the trust game
|Author(s):||Nicole M. Baran, Paola Sapienza, Luigi Zingales|
|Publication Date:||January 2010|
|Keyword(s):||Donation, Field and lab experiments, Reciprocity|
|JEL(s):||C9, D64, H41|
|Programme Areas:||Public Economics, Industrial Organization|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=7634|
We show that a measure of reciprocity derived from the Berg et al. (1995) trust game in a laboratory setting predicts the reciprocal behavior of the same subjects in a real-world situation. By using the Crowne and Marlowe (1960) social desirability scale, we do not find any evidence that a desire to conform to social norms distorts results in the lab, yet we do find evidence that it affects results in the field.