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The Deadweight Loss of Social Recognition

Luigi Butera, Robert Metcalfe, William Morrison, Dmitry Taubinsky

NBER Working Paper No. 25637
Issued in March 2019

---- Acknowledgments ----

We are indebted to Ryan Johnson and Erik Daubert from the YMCA of the USA for their invaluable guidance and expertise in setting up our research partnership, as well as to Maria-Alicia Serrano for her continuing support. We wish to thank the YMCA of the Triangle Area, particularly Tony Campione, Mark Julian, Brian Spanner, and Janet Sprague, for their outstanding support in implementing our field experiments. We are grateful to Leonardo Bursztyn, Gary Charness, Alain Cohn, Jonathan Davis, Stefano DellaVigna, Ray Fisman, Jana Gallus, David Gill, Alex Imas, John List, Keith Ericson, Fatemeh Momeni, Ricardo Perez-Truglia, Daniel Tannenbaum, as well as numerous conference and seminar participants for helpful comments. The views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the YMCA of the USA or any other YMCA member association. The experiment was approved by University of Chicago IRB, #IRB15-1647. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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