Experimental Economics

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 426–437 | Cite as

Measuring altruism in a public goods experiment: a comparison of U.S. and Czech subjects

  • Lisa R. Anderson
  • Francis J. DiTraglia
  • Jeffrey R. Gerlach


This paper compares contributions to an experimental public good across the United States and Czech Republic, using a design that allows us to distinguish between altruism and decision error. Czech subjects contribute significantly more than American subjects, and further analysis reveals that this result cannot be attributed to the confounding effects of gender or decision error. Instead, preferences for altruism appear to differ across groups: Czechs are more altruistic than Americans and men are more altruistic than women.


Public goods Experiment Czech Republic Nationality Gender 

JEL Classification

C92 H41 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lisa R. Anderson
    • 1
  • Francis J. DiTraglia
    • 2
  • Jeffrey R. Gerlach
    • 3
  1. 1.The College of William and MaryDepartment of EconomicsWilliamsburgUSA
  2. 2.Faculty of EconomicsUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  3. 3.SKK Graduate School of BusinessSungKyunKwan UniversitySeoulKorea

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