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Altruism and Gender in the Trust Game

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  • Alessandro Innocenti

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  • Maria Grazia Pazienza

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This 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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Paper provided by University of Siena in its series Labsi Experimental Economics Laboratory University of Siena with number 005.

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Keywords: gender differences; trust; trustworthiness; altruism; gender pairing;

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