Effects of double-anonymity on pro- and anti-social behavior: Experimental evidence from a lab in the field

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dc.contributor.authorVorlaufer, Tobias
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-23T16:05:32Z-
dc.date.available2021-12-23T16:05:32Z-
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier.issn22148043
dc.identifier.urihttps://osnascholar.ub.uni-osnabrueck.de/handle/unios/7056-
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines whether different degrees of subject-experimenter anonymity influence pro- and anti-social behavior in lab-in-the-field experiments. To do this, a Dictator Game (DG) and a Joy-of-Destruction Mini-Game (JoD) were conducted with 480 subjects in rural Namibia. In addition to a strict double-anonymous treatment two single-anonymous treatments are introduced. One of them involves the disclosure of decisions directly to the experimenter. Thereby, it is possible to disentangle the effect of pure double-anonymity from the procedure of the decision-making. The presented results carry relevant implications for a methodologically sound implementation of lab-in-the-field experiments. Both in the DG and JoD, strict double-anonymous procedures do not produce significantly different behavior than under single-anonymity. Whether revealing decisions personally to the experimenter influences individual behavior cannot be consistently answered with the obtained results. The personal disclosure leads to significantly more pro-social and less anti-social behavior in one out of two treatment comparisons. From a conservative perspective, researchers are however advised to assure sufficient privacy for subjects from experimenters during the decision-making process.
dc.description.sponsorshipSouthern African Science Service Center for Climate Change and Adaptive Land-Use Management (SASSCAL) through the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research [01LG1201B]; This research was funded by the Southern African Science Service Center for Climate Change and Adaptive Land-Use Management (SASSCAL) through the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research [grant number 01LG1201B].
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherELSEVIER SCIENCE INC
dc.relation.ispartofJOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL AND EXPERIMENTAL ECONOMICS
dc.subjectBusiness & Economics
dc.subjectCOOPERATION
dc.subjectDICTATOR GAME
dc.subjectDouble Anonymity
dc.subjectEconomics
dc.subjectExperimenter-Demand Effects
dc.subjectFAIRNESS
dc.subjectField Experiments
dc.subjectJoy-of-Destruction
dc.subjectPREFERENCES
dc.subjectPUNISHMENT
dc.titleEffects of double-anonymity on pro- and anti-social behavior: Experimental evidence from a lab in the field
dc.typejournal article
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.socec.2019.07.001
dc.identifier.isiISI:000476590700020
dc.description.volume81
dc.description.startpage216
dc.description.endpage225
dc.contributor.orcid0000-0002-1586-5715
dc.identifier.eissn22148051
dc.publisher.placeSTE 800, 230 PARK AVE, NEW YORK, NY 10169 USA
dcterms.isPartOf.abbreviationJ. Behav. Exp. Econ.
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