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Connecting Basic Human Values and Behavioural Economics
Last registered on September 22, 2020


Trial Information
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Connecting Basic Human Values and Behavioural Economics
Initial registration date
September 21, 2020
Last updated
September 22, 2020 7:47 AM EDT

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Primary Investigator
JRC - European Commission
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Additional Trial Information
In development
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Secondary IDs
While behavioural economics has considerably profited from incorporating insights from other social scientific fields into economics, it has mostly applied each finding separately. For example, loss aversion, altruism, or guilt aversion have greatly enriched the set of behavioural measures in improving decision-making modelling. However, a major structural driver of behaviour, namely basic human values have so far been neglected. Yet, both the theory of human values (Schwartz 1992) and behavioural economics share the goal of uncovering the fundamental drivers of what people ultimately want. This study aims to close this gap by relating human values to the most prominent behavioural economic concepts with two samples from Germany and Poland.
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Registration Citation
Scharfbillig, Mario. 2020. "Connecting Basic Human Values and Behavioural Economics." AEA RCT Registry. September 22. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.6483-1.0.
Experimental Details
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Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
The 19 Human Values in Schwartz et al. (2012): Self-transcendence, composed by the values of Universalism, Tolerance, Nature and Commitment, Benevolence, Care and Dependence, Humility; Conservation, composed of Interpersonal Conformity and Conformity with Rules, Tradition, Social and Personal Safety; Self-enhancement, which includes the values of Power over Resources and Power of Domination, Achievement, and Face; and Openness to Change, consisting of Hedonism, Stimulation, and Self-direction of Thought and Action
The behavioural measures in Falk et al. (2018): time preference, risk preference, positive and negative reciprocity, altruism, and trust
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
For the basic human values, we use confirmatory factor analysis to get the each value from the three underlying questions in the survey, exactly as in Schwartz et al. (2012).
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Big Five Personality Traits
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Survey of behavioural economics measures and the newest measure of the Schwartz survey method. The survey is written in English, German and Polish and hosted on one server in Poland. It will be administered inline to students of two of the researchers involved and snowballed to receive a big enough sample.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
None required for sampling. The questions of the survey are randomized bloc-wise to counter order effects.
Randomization Unit
Was the treatment clustered?
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
Sample size: planned number of observations
250 individuals, about half in Germany, half in Poland.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
250 total, no separate treatment arms.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB Name
Gemeinsame Ethikkommission Wirtschaftswissenschaften der Goethe-Universit├Ąt Frankfurt und der Johannes Gutenberg-Universit├Ąt Mainz
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