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2013-01-09 | Peer Reviewed

Does It Matter if You Are Observed by Others? Evidence from Donations in the Field

Alpízar, Francisco and Peter Martinsson. 2013. “Does It Matter if You Are Observed by Others? Evidence from Donations in the Field.” The Scandinavian Journal of Economics 115:1: 74-83.
Download reference Doi:10.1111/j.1467-9442.2012.01744.x

In this article we investigate whether people's donations in the field are affected by the presence of others.

In the analysis, we distinguish between individuals who arrived at a national park alone and those who arrived as members of a group. We also investigated the effect of donations being made in the presence of a third party made in the presence of a third party. We find that donations are significantly more frequent for individuals who are members of a group. When a third party is present, we find that the total donations by individuals who are a part of a group are significantly higher than those of lone travelers, mainly because of the increased probability of donating.