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Do Women Behave Less or More Prosocially than Men?

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  • Stephan Meier

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Massachusetts)

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    The behavior of others and the price of giving are two important determinants of contributions to public goods. Using two field experiments, this article tests whether men and women differ in their reactions to either a change in the average behavior of the group or a change in the price of giving, that is, a contribution-matching mechanism. The results of the field experiments show that men and women do not differ in their reactions to a matching mechanism. However, substantial gender differences can be detected with respect to social comparison. Men tend to align their behavior with the average behavior of the group, whereas women seem to be insensitive to information about group behavior.

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    Article provided by in its journal Public Finance Review.

    Volume (Year): 35 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 2 (March)
    Pages: 215-232

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    Handle: RePEc:sae:pubfin:v:35:y:2007:i:2:p:215-232

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    Keywords: field experiment; gender; charitable giving; matching mechanism; social comparison;

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    1. Anastasios Koukoumelis & M. Vittoria Levati & Matteo Ploner, 2013. "The effect of identifiability on the relationship between risk attitudes and other-regarding concerns," Jena Economic Research Papers 2013-028, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics.

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