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Title Altruism During Holiday Celebrations
Post date 12/21/2018
C1 Background and Explanation of Rationale This is a study of individual’s holiday traditions and behaviour. I have carried out similar studies annually since 2013. A large number of people celebrate December holidays and vast amounts of money are spent during this time. It is therefore of interest to study people’s habits, attitudes and behaviours around these holidays. I am particularly interested in studying prosocial attitudes and behaviour in relation to these holidays.
C2 What are the hypotheses to be tested?

I am studying altruism in two experiments given to two samples. A dictator game was administered to a nationally representative sample of adult Canadians and a third-party punishment game (TPG) was administered to a convenience sample collected through social media and word of mouth. In both experiments I primed respondents to think about their own generosity or other’s generosity to them by randomly assigning a set of questions about either receiving presents or giving presents before they saw the behavioural exercise. The main hypothesis I am testing is the following:

H1: altruism(receiving) > altruism(giving)
H2: altruism(receive|convenience) > altruism(receive|national)

That is, people will be more altruistic when they are primed with how generous others are to them. I also hypothesise that altruism will be higher in the convenience sample than in the nationally representative sample. I believe the treatment effect will, however, be very small.

C3 How will these hypotheses be tested? * I will compare average offers in the dictator game and average punishments in the TPG between the two treatment groups. I will also include a small number of covariates such as demographics.
C4 Country Canada
C5 Scale (# of Units) 800 convenience sample; 1999 national sample
C6 Was a power analysis conducted prior to data collection? Yes
C7 Has this research received Insitutional Review Board (IRB) or ethics committee approval? not provided by authors
C8 IRB Number not provided by authors
C9 Date of IRB Approval not provided by authors
C10 Will the intervention be implemented by the researcher or a third party? Researchers
C11 Did any of the research team receive remuneration from the implementing agency for taking part in this research? No
C12 If relevant, is there an advance agreement with the implementation group that all results can be published? not provided by authors
C13 JEL Classification(s) not provided by authors