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Altruism and the pressure to share: Lab evidence from Tanzania

Journal article
Authors S. D. Falco
R. Lokina
Peter Martinsson
P. Pin
Published in PLoS ONE
Volume 14
Issue 5
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Economics
Language - English
Subject categories Economics and Business


- We propose a novel laboratory experiment to document the pressure to share income within social networks in Africa. We find that the redistributive pressure exerted via the possibility of receiving a claim increases altruism, while the possibility of hiding from such claim reduces it. Our results indicate that sharing norms are crucial drivers of giving to other members of the network. We also find that pressure to share has a detrimental effect on the undertaking of profitable but risky investments. © 2019 Di Falco et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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