Social support among heterogeneous partners: an experimental test

Vogt, Sonja; Weesie, Jeroen (2006). Social support among heterogeneous partners: an experimental test. Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination, 1(2), pp. 215-232. Springer 10.1007/s11403-006-0013-8

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This paper studies how dyadic social support is affected by heterogeneity of the partners. We distinguish heterogeneity with respect to three parameters the likelihood of needing support; the benefits from receiving support; and the costs of providing support. Hypotheses are based on a game-theoretic analysis of an iterated support game. First, we predict that heterogeneity in one of the parameters hampers social support. Second, we predict that under heterogeneity with respect to two of the parameters, support is most likely if there is a specific heterogeneous distribution such that heterogeneity in one parameter ‘compensates’ for heterogeneity in the other parameter. If there is no compensation social support is even more hampered. The hypotheses have been tested by experimental data with a mixed within-subject, between-subject design. The data gives support to the hypotheses.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Sociology

UniBE Contributor:

Vogt, Sonja Brigitte

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1860-711X

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Simona Richard

Date Deposited:

06 Aug 2019 15:39

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 00:14

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s11403-006-0013-8

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.128594

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/128594

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