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

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  • C. Bram Cadsby

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    (Department of Economics, University of Guelph)

  • Maros Servátka

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    (Department of Economics and Finance, University of Canterbury)

  • Fei Song

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    (Ted Rogers School of Business Management, Ryerson University)

Abstract

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 effects in a standard dictator game. No gender effects were 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 Guelph, Department of Economics and Finance in its series Working Papers with number 0913.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: 2009
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Publication status: Published in Experimental Economics (2010), Vol. 13, 299-308.
Handle: RePEc:gue:guelph:2009-13

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Keywords: other-regarding; selfish; generous; altruism; gender; dictator; anonymity; experiment.;

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  1. Morita, Hodaka & Servátka, Maroš, 2013. "Group identity and relation-specific investment: An experimental investigation," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 58(C), pages 95-109.
  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. Jan Stoop, 2014. "From the lab to the field: envelopes, dictators and manners," Experimental Economics, Springer, vol. 17(2), pages 304-313, June.
  4. Miller, Luis & Ubeda, Paloma, 2012. "Are women more sensitive to the decision-making context?," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 83(1), pages 98-104.
  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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