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Are Women More Generous than Men? Evidence from Alumni Donations


  • Tomas Dvorak

    (Department of Economics, Union College, 807 Union St. Schenectady, NY 12308, USA.)

  • Shayna R Toubman

    (PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP, 125 High St. Boston, MA 20110, USA.)


The explicit hierarchy of recognition in alumni giving offers a useful context in which to examine the nature of gender differences regarding charitable giving. Using 31 years of alumni-giving records at a small liberal arts college, we find that women are more likely to be donors. Among donors, women tend to give more frequently but generally make smaller donations than men. These results hold even after controlling for age, income, and participation in Greek organizations. The results are consistent with the hypotheses that the drive for recognition of charitable giving is stronger in men than women, and that women are more reciprocal than men.

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  • Tomas Dvorak & Shayna R Toubman, 2013. "Are Women More Generous than Men? Evidence from Alumni Donations," Eastern Economic Journal, Palgrave Macmillan;Eastern Economic Association, vol. 39(1), pages 121-131.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:easeco:v:39:y:2013:i:1:p:121-131

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