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Gender differences in trust and reciprocity in repeated gift exchange games

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  • Ananish Chaudhuri
  • Erwann Sbai

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We explore gender differences in trust and reciprocity using the Berg et al. (1995) trust game and the Fehr et al. (1997) gift exchange game. Our study differs from previous ones in that subjects play the stage game repeatedly with random re-matching of players. In the trust game, contrary to prior studies that report men are more trusting, we find no strong gender differences in trust, although we corroborate prior findings that women are more reciprocal. In the gift exchange game, we again find no significant gender differences in trust, but women appear to be less reciprocal than men.

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  • Ananish Chaudhuri & Erwann Sbai, 2011. "Gender differences in trust and reciprocity in repeated gift exchange games," New Zealand Economic Papers, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(1-2), pages 81-95.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:nzecpp:v:45:y:2011:i:1-2:p:81-95
    DOI: 10.1080/00779954.2011.556072
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    1. Sonsino, Doron & Shifrin, Max & Lahav, Eyal, 2016. "Disentangling trust from risk-taking: Triadic approach," MPRA Paper 80095, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Chaudhuri, Ananish & Li, Yaxiong & Paichayontvijit, Tirnud, 2016. "What’s in a frame? Goal framing, trust and reciprocity," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 57(C), pages 117-135.
    3. Chaudhuri, Ananish & Cruickshank, Amy & Sbai, Erwann, 2015. "Gender differences in personnel management: Some experimental evidence," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 58(C), pages 20-32.
    4. Chaudhuri, Ananish & Paichayontvijit, Tirnud & Shen, Lifeng, 2013. "Gender differences in trust and trustworthiness: Individuals, single sex and mixed sex groups," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 34(C), pages 181-194.

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    trust; reciprocity; gift exchange; gender; experiments;

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