Peer pressure, social spillovers, and reciprocity: an experimental analysis
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This study examines whether reciprocity is affected by what others know and do. Two types of social effects are investigated within the framework of a modified investment game. On the one hand, we assess the role played by the awareness that own choices are observed by another trustee—i.e., peer pressure. On the other hand, we measure the interaction between trustees’ choices—i.e., social spillovers. We find that peer pressure fosters reciprocity and, to a lesser extent, so do social spillovers.
KeywordsSocial effects Reciprocity Incomplete contracts
JEL ClassificationC72 C91
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