Altruism and social integration

Branas-Garza, Pablo and Cobo-Reyes, Ramón and Espinosa, María Paz and Jiménez, Natalia and Kovářík, Jaromír and Ponti, Giovanni (2010) Altruism and social integration. Games and Economic Behavior, 69 (10). pp. 249-257. ISSN 0899-8256

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We develop a two-stage experimental protocol by which i) we elicit the social network within a group of undergraduate students and ii) we measure their altruistic attitudes by way 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 the effect of social distance, which has been shown to affect giving. Our findings suggest that social distance and network position are complementary determinants of altruistic behavior.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Altruism, centrality, social network experiments.
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Economics
Item ID: 10030
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Depositing User: Pablo Branas Garza
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2013 15:30
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2018 06:23

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