Income Aspirations and Cooperation: Experimental Evidence

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This article is the first attempt to study the empirical link between income aspirations and cooperation in a one shot public good game. By combining experimental with survey data, we find evidence that the more frustrated people are with their income, the lower is their propensity to cooperate with foreigners and compatriots. The quantitative effect is remarkable: participants who are most frustrated are 46 percent more likely to free-ride on foreigners than those who are satisfied with their income.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
Number of pages27
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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NameCentER Discussion Paper


  • Social Preferences
  • Aspirations
  • Cooperation
  • Maslow

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    Dalton, P. S. (2010). Income Aspirations and Cooperation: Experimental Evidence. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2010-23). Microeconomics.