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Title: Social Information “Nudges”: An Experiment with Multiple Group References
Authors: Hargreaves Heap, Shaun
Ramanlingam, Abhijit
Rojo Arjona, David
First Published: 17-Mar-2017
Publisher: Wiley, Southern Economic Association
Citation: Southern Economic Journal, 2017
Abstract: Social information “nudges” concerning how others perform typically boost individual performances in experiments with one group reference point. However, in many natural settings, sometimes due to policy, there are several such group reference points. We address the complications that such multiple group social information might introduce through an experiment. The boost to average performance is significant and comparable to the one group case. Between-group inequality does not change. Individual inequality falls, however, because the boost is largest among the pre-“nudge” very poor performers. Finally, the boost to average performance is highest when individuals freely choose their group affiliations.
DOI Link: 10.1002/soej.12210
ISSN: 0038-4038
eISSN: 2325-8012
Embargo on file until: 17-Mar-2019
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2017, Wiley, Southern Economic Association. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
Description: JEL classifications: C91, D03, D60
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