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Noblesse oblige? Determinants of survival in a life and death situation

Frey, Bruno, Savage, David A., & Torgler, Benno (2010) Noblesse oblige? Determinants of survival in a life and death situation. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 74(1-2), pp. 1-11.

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Abstract

This paper explores what determines the survival of people in a life–and-death situation. The sinking of the Titanic allows us to inquire whether pro-social behavior matters in such extreme situations. This event can be considered a quasi-natural experiment. The empirical results suggest that social norms such as ‘women and children first’ are persevered during such an event. Women of reproductive age and crew members had a higher probability of survival. Passenger class, fitness, group size, and cultural background also mattered.

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ID Code: 37747
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Decision under pressure, Altruism, Social norms, Interdependent preferences, Excess demand
DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2010.02.005
ISSN: 0167-2681
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Elsevier
Deposited On: 07 Oct 2010 07:46
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:15

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