DO SOCIAL PREFERENCES INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY? FIELD EXPERIMENTAL EVIDENCE FROM FISHERMEN IN TOYAMA BAY

Authors

  • JEFFREY CARPENTER,

    1. Carpenter: Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Middlebury College, 601 Warner Hall, Middlebury, VT 05753. Phone 802-443-3241, Fax 802-443-2185, E-mail jpc@middlebury.edu
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  • ERIKA SEKI

    1. Seki: Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Aberdeen, S64 Edward Wright Building, Dunbar Street, Old Aberdeen, Scotland AB24 3QY. Phone 01224 273134, Fax 01224 272181, E-mail erika.seki@abdn.ac.uk
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    • The authors thank Kiyoshi Yokoo for research assistance and the National Science Foundation (CAREER 0092953) for financial support.


Abstract

In addition to showing that student measures of social preference, a concern for outcomes achieved by other reference agents, are quite different from those obtained in the field with participants who face social dilemmas in their daily lives, we find links between the social preferences of our field participants and their productivity at work. We also find that the field stock of social preferences evolves endogenously with respect to how widely team production is utilized. Because the link between productivity and social preference is strong, we provide a reason for the wider economics profession to take notice of social preferences. (JEL C93, D21, D24, H41, J24, M52, Z13)

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