Noblesse oblige? Determinants of survival in a life and death situation
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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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Decision under pressure, Altruism, Social norms, Interdependent preferences, Excess demand|
|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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