Giving According to Agreement

Jan Heufer, Paul van Bruggen, Jingni Yang

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We propose an axiom that we call Agreement to deal with changing preferences
and derive its empirical implications. The resulting revealed preference condition
generalises GARP when preferences are different but preferences in one context are
informative about preferences in another context. We apply this idea to a social
choice experiment, where a player can respond to another player being kind or
relatively unkind. We find that people have a consistent preferences for each case,
but that preferences depend on the kindness of the other player, and that subjects
act in line with Agreement. We thus provide support for modelling and interpreting
responses to the intentions of other players as a preference for reciprocity.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherCentER, Center for Economic Research
Number of pages37
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2020

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  • social preferences
  • reciprocity
  • nonparametric methods


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