Does attachment to money affect reciprocity behaviour?

Merav Malcman, Mosi Rosenboim, Tal Shavit

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In this study, we test experimentally how a player who must decide how much money to transfer back in a trust game is affected by the experiment’s monetary incentive. We find that positive reciprocity or altruism in a trust game is affected by the player’s attachment to the money he received. We also argue that in a trust game played with virtual money, the players are affected by their willingness to punish the other player, consistent with the ‘altruistic punishment’ hypothesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-254
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Economics Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - 4 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • altruism
  • experiment
  • monetary incentive
  • reciprocity
  • trust game


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