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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000078278
Veröffentlicht am 03.01.2018

Physical distance and cooperativeness towards strangers

Kühl, Leonie; Szech, Nora

Cooperativeness among genetically unrelated humans remains a major puzzle in the social sciences. We explore the causal impact of physical distance on willingness to help. In a field setting, participants decide about supporting local refugees at the dispense of money to themselves. We vary physical distance only, and keep other factors such as cultural distance fixed. The data shows that an increase in local physical distance decreases willingness to donate. A laboratory experiment confirms this finding. We further explore the causal roles of exposure (in the field) and of larger distances (in the lab) with a total of 475 participants.

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre (ECON)
Publikationstyp Forschungsbericht
Jahr 2017
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2190-9806
URN: urn:nbn:de:swb:90-782780
KITopen ID: 1000078278
Verlag KIT, Karlsruhe
Umfang 64 S.
Serie Working paper series in economics ; 110
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