Cardiff University | Prifysgol Caerdydd ORCA
Online Research @ Cardiff 
WelshClear Cookie - decide language by browser settings

Lab-sophistication: does repeated participation in laboratory experiments affect pro-social behaviour?

Medda, Tiziana, Pelligra, Vittorio and Reggiani, Tommaso 2021. Lab-sophistication: does repeated participation in laboratory experiments affect pro-social behaviour? Games 12 (1) , 18. 10.3390/g12010018

[img]
Preview
PDF - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (568kB) | Preview

Abstract

Experimental social scientists working at research-intensive institutions deal inevitably with subjects who have most likely participated in previous experiments. It is an important methodological question to know whether participants that have acquired a high level of lab-sophistication show altered pro-social behavioural patterns. In this paper, we focus both on the potential effect of the subjects’ lab-sophistication, and on the role of the knowledge about the level of lab-sophistication of the other participants. Our main findings show that while lab-sophistication per se does not significantly affect pro-social behaviour, for sophisticated subjects the knowledge about the counterpart’s level of (un)sophistication may systematically alter their choices. This result should induce caution among experimenters about whether, in their settings, information about lab-sophistication can be inferred by the participants, due to the characteristics of the recruitment mechanisms, the management of the experimental sessions or to other contextual clues.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 2073-4336
Related URLs:
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 23 February 2021
Date of Acceptance: 19 February 2021
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2021 15:45
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/138730

Actions (repository staff only)

Edit Item Edit Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics