Motives for Sharing in Social Networks

Publication year: 2011 Source: Journal of Development Economics, Available online 13 December 2011 Ethan Ligon, Laura Schechter What motivates people in rural villages to share? We first elicit a baseline level of sharing using a standard, anonymous dictator game. Then using variants of the dictator game that allow for either revealing the dictator’s identity or allowing the dictator to choose the recipient, we attribute variation in sharing to three different motives.

Publication year: 2011 Source: Journal of Development Economics, Available online 13 December 2011 Ethan Ligon, Laura Schechter What motivates people in rural villages to share? We first elicit a baseline level of sharing using a standard, anonymous dictator game. Then using variants of the dictator game that allow for either revealing the dictator’s identity or allowing the dictator to choose the recipient, we attribute variation in sharing to three different motives.

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Motives for Sharing in Social Networks