Altruism and Gender in the Trust Game
AbstractThis paper analyses gender differences in the trust game. Our experiment implements the triadic design proposed by Cox (2004) to discriminate between transfers resulting from trust or trustworthiness and transfers resulting from altruistic preferences. We observe that women exhibit a higher degree of altruism than men for both trust and trustworthiness but relatively more for trustworthiness. This result provides an explanation to the experimental finding that women reciprocate more than men.
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Date of creation: Feb 2006
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gender differences; trust; trustworthiness; altruism; gender pairing;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- C90 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - General
- C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
- D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy
- J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
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- NEP-EVO-2006-03-05 (Evolutionary Economics)
- NEP-EXP-2006-02-27 (Experimental Economics)
- NEP-SOC-2006-02-27 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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