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Gender differences in lying

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  • Childs, Jason

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Aversion to lying has been consistently observed in sender–receiver games. Women have demonstrated greater aversion to lying for a small monetary benefit in these games than men. We test the robustness of this gender difference in a sender–receiver game with larger stakes. We find no difference in lying by gender.

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  • Childs, Jason, 2012. "Gender differences in lying," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 114(2), pages 147-149.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:114:y:2012:i:2:p:147-149
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2011.10.006
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    Keywords

    Experiment; Gender; Lying;

    JEL classification:

    • C9 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments
    • D8 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty
    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics

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