Charitable Giving Among Females and Males: An Empirical Test of the Competitive Altruism Hypothesis
AbstractWe conduct a real-effort task experiment where subjects' performance translates into a donation to a charity. In a within-subjects design we vary the visibility of the donation (no/private/public feedback). Confirming previous studies, we find that subjects' performance increases, that is, they donate more to charity, when their relative performance is made public. In line with the competitive altruism hypothesis, a biology-based explanation for status-seeking behavior, especially male subjects increase performance in the public setting.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2012-038.
Date of creation: 09 Jul 2012
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social preferences; other-regarding behavior; charitable giving; social-image concerns; competitive altruism; experiments; social status;
Other versions of this item:
- Robert Böhm & Tobias Regner, 2013. "Charitable giving among females and males: an empirical test of the competitive altruism hypothesis," Journal of Bioeconomics, Springer, vol. 15(3), pages 251-267, October.
- C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
- D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics; Underlying Principles
- J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2012-07-14 (All new papers)
- NEP-CBE-2012-07-14 (Cognitive & Behavioural Economics)
- NEP-EVO-2012-07-14 (Evolutionary Economics)
- NEP-EXP-2012-07-14 (Experimental Economics)
- NEP-SOC-2012-07-14 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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