January 2022

IZA DP No. 15006: The Preference Survey Module: New Evidence on Social Preferences from Tehran

We provide new evidence on the extent that survey items in the Preference Survey Module and the resulting Global Preference Survey measuring social preferences − trust, altruism, positive and negative reciprocity − predict behavior in corresponding experimental games outside the original student sample from Bonn, Germany. Our results, which are based on a replication study in Tehran, Iran, are somewhat mixed. While quantitative items considering hypothetical versions of the experimental games correlate significantly and economically meaningfully with individual behavior, none of the qualitative items show significant correlations. The only exception is altruism where results correspond more closely to the original findings.