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Are women expected to be more generous?

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  • Fernando Aguiar
  • Pablo Brañas-Garza
  • Ramón Cobo-Reyes
  • Natalia Jimenez
  • Luis Miller

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This paper analyzes if men and women are expected to behave dif- ferently regarding altruism. Since the dictator game provides the most suitable design for studying altruism and generosity in the lab setting, we use a modi.ed version to study the beliefs involved in the game. Our results are substantial: men and women are expected to behave di¤er- ently. Moreover, while women believe that women are more generous, men consider women as generous as men.
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  • Fernando Aguiar & Pablo Brañas-Garza & Ramón Cobo-Reyes & Natalia Jimenez & Luis Miller, 2009. "Are women expected to be more generous?," Experimental Economics, Springer;Economic Science Association, vol. 12(1), pages 93-98, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:expeco:v:12:y:2009:i:1:p:93-98
    DOI: 10.1007/s10683-008-9199-z
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    Keywords

    Dictator game; Beliefs; Expectations; Generosity; Gender; C91; D64; J16;
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    JEL classification:

    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy; Intergenerational Transfers

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