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Can we infer social preferences from the lab? Evidence from the trust game

Nicole M. Baran, Paola Sapienza, Luigi Zingales

NBER Working Paper No. 15654
Issued in January 2010
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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.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w15654

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