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Compassion or Cash: Evaluating Survey Response Incentives and Valuing Public Goods

V. Kerry Smith, Sharon L. Harlan, Michael McLaen, Jacob Fishman, Carlos Valcarcel, Marcia Nation

NBER Working Paper No. 21288
Issued in June 2015
NBER Program(s):Environment and Energy Economics

This paper reports the results of an experiment evaluating the effects of incentives on individuals' willingness to participate in a survey. By pairing the assessment with a natural field experiment, the analysis considers private versus public goods as incentives, and estimates respondents' willingness to support the oldest food bank in the U.S.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w21288

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