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Do we prefer praise from acquaintances or strangers? An experiment on esteem seeking in one-shot versus repeated interactions.

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Blacklow, P ORCID: 0000-0002-4177-7567, Sibly, H ORCID: 0000-0003-0271-7710 and Corman, AB 2021 , Do we prefer praise from acquaintances or strangers? An experiment on esteem seeking in one-shot versus repeated interactions..

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Abstract

We present an experiment designed to identify whether repeated interactions between
people, relative to one-shot interactions, influences the extent they undertake costly actions
to improve their social image. We expected these actions to be reduced in repeated
interaction but, in contrast, we find they were increased. Gender differences are critical to
our findings, with females more likely to spend some money to improve their social image
than males irrespective of treatment, but those males who spend, spend significantly more
when interactions are repeated. Repeating interactions, and gender, also influence the
formation of feedback participants provide to one another.

Item Type: Report (Discussion Paper)
Authors/Creators:Blacklow, P and Sibly, H and Corman, AB
Keywords: Social image, esteem seeking, experimental economics
Publisher: University of Tasmania
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Copyright 2021 University of Tasmania

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Discussion Paper Series N 2021-08
JEL Classification: C92

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