The Misaddressed Letter Experiment

Gweneth Leigh, Andrew Leigh

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We design a new field experiment to test pro-social behaviour: will a household return a letter that has been incorrectly addressed? On average, we find that half of all letters were returned. Return rates do not vary significantly according to the gender, race or ethnicity of the fictitious addressee. However, return rates are higher in more affluent neighbourhoods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1527-1530
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Economics Letters
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes


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