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Gender and Generosity: Does Degree of Anonymity or Group Gender Composition Matter?

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  • C. Bram Cadsby
  • Maroš Servátka

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    (University of Canterbury)

  • Fei Song

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Employing a two-by-two factorial design that manipulates whether dictator groups are single or mixed-sex and whether procedures are single or double-blind, we examine gender effect in a standard dictator game. No gender effect was found in any of the experimental treatments. Moreover, neither single- versus mixed-sex groups nor level of anonymity had any impact on either male or female behavior.

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Paper provided by University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 09/16.

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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: 23 Oct 2009
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Handle: RePEc:cbt:econwp:09/16

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Keywords: Anonymity; dictator game; experiment; gender; generosity; group composition; other-regarding; selfish;

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Cited by:
  1. Stoop, Jan, 2012. "From the lab to the field: envelopes, dictators and manners," MPRA Paper 37048, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Boschini, Anne & Muren, Astri & Persson, Mats, 2012. "Constructing gender differences in the economics lab," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 84(3), pages 741-752.
  3. Luis Miller & Paloma Ubeda, 2010. "Are Women More Sensitive to the Decision-Making Context?," Discussion Papers 2010004, University of Oxford, Nuffield College.
  4. Morita, Hodaka & Servátka, Maroš, 2013. "Group identity and relation-specific investment: An experimental investigation," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 58(C), pages 95-109.
  5. Lotito, Gianna & Migheli, Matteo & Ortona, Guido, 2011. "An experimental inquiry into the nature of relational goods," POLIS Working Papers 160, Institute of Public Policy and Public Choice - POLIS.

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