Group Identity and Gender in Public Goods Experiments
AbstractThis paper explores the effects of group identity and gender in a public goods experiment. We compare the behavior of participants who can be expected to have a pre-existing sense of group identity to that of randomly selected participants, and to that of participants who have undertaken community-building pre-experiment activities. While statistically significant differences were observed, our results suggest that the effects of group identity and gender on behavior are complicated, involving the nature of the groups involved. In particular, the claim that women are less likely to free-ride on others with whom they have a relationship is not supported.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Iowa, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 00-03.
Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2000
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Postal: University of Iowa, Department of Economics, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, Iowa City, Iowa 52242
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Public Goods; Gender; Group Identity; Experiments;
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