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Abstract* This paper explores the link between what people say they prefer to do and what they actually do. Using data from an experimental project explored trust and pro-sociality for representative samples of individuals in six Latin American capital cities, the paper links the results of these experiments with the responses obtained from representative surveys to the same participating individuals. Individuals with higher agreement with a set of pro-social statements are those more willing to contribute and collaborate to the social welfare in the community, and what people say is linked to what people do. This supports the idea that the inclusion of subjective controls in the lefthand-side in an empirical specification does carry useful information. JEL Classification Code: C90, D01, O12 Key Words: Experiments, Surveys Subjective Measures, Pro-Social, Latin America

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Cárdenas: Economics Department and CEDE, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota; Chong and Ñopo: Research Department, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC. We appreciate useful comments and suggestions from Orazio Attanasio, Martin Benavides, Samuel Bowles, Gustavo Caballero, Natalia Candelo, Jeff Carpenter, Juan Jose Díaz, Suzanne Duryea, Miguel Espinosa, Nestor Gandelman, Saul Keiffman, Natan Lederman, Sara Levy, Orizel Llanos, Gustavo Marquez, Arodys Pacheco, Patricia Padilla, Georgina Piani, Sandra Polanía, Guillermo Ramirez, Luz Angela Rodriguez, Vivian Rodríguez, Paula Vinchery, Luisa Zanforlin, and conference participants at the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association Meetings, the Inter-American Bank, and the World Bank. Lucas Higuera and Vanessa Rios provided research assistance. Corresponding author Ñopo: Stop SE-1068, 1300 New York Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20577, USA. Tel (202) 623-1536 Fax: (202) 623-2481, E-mail: hugon@iadb.org. The findings and interpretations in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Inter-American Development Bank or its corresponding executive directors.

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stated social behavior and revealed actions: evidence from 6 latin american countries using repre...  

this paper explores the link between what people say they prefer to do and what they actually do. using data from an experimental project ex...

stated social behavior and revealed actions: evidence from 6 latin american countries using repre...  

this paper explores the link between what people say they prefer to do and what they actually do. using data from an experimental project ex...

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