The 1 / d Law of Giving

  title={The 1 / d Law of Giving},
  author={Jacob K. Goeree and Margaret A. McConnell and Tiffany D. Mitchell and Tracey K Tromp and Leeat Yariv},
We combine survey data on friendship networks and individual characteristics with experimental observations from dictator games. Dictator offers are primarily explained by social distance – giving follows a simple inverse distance law. While student demographics play a minor role in explaining offer amounts, individual heterogeneity is important for network formation. In particular, we detect significant homophilous behavior – students connect to others similar to them. Moreover, the network… CONTINUE READING
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