You&Apos;Ve Earned it: Combining Field and Lab Experiments to Estimate the Impact of Human Capital on Social Preferences

26 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2010 Last revised: 13 Jun 2021

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Pamela Jakiela

University of Maryland

Edward Miguel

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Vera teVelde

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics

Date Written: October 2010

Abstract

We combine data from a field experiment and a laboratory experiment to measure the causal impact of human capital on respect for earned property rights, a component of social preferences with important implications for economic growth and development. We find that higher academic achievement reduces the willingness of young Kenyan women to appropriate others' labor income, and shifts players toward a 50-50 split norm in the dictator game. This study demonstrates that education may have long-run impacts on social preferences, norms and institutions beyond the human capital directly produced. It also shows that randomized field experiments can be successfully combined with laboratory experiment data to measure causal impacts on individual values, norms, and preferences which cannot be readily captured in survey data.

Suggested Citation

Jakiela, Pamela and Miguel, Edward and teVelde, Vera, You&Apos;Ve Earned it: Combining Field and Lab Experiments to Estimate the Impact of Human Capital on Social Preferences (October 2010). NBER Working Paper No. w16449, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1689380

Pamela Jakiela (Contact Author)

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Edward Miguel

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics ( email )

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Vera TeVelde

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics ( email )

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Berkeley, CA 94720-3880
United States

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