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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.

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000078278
Veröffentlicht am 03.01.2018
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre (ECON)
Publikationstyp Forschungsbericht/Preprint
Publikationsjahr 2017
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2190-9806
KITopen-ID: 1000078278
Verlag Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
Umfang 64 S.
Serie Working paper series in economics ; 110
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