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Gender- and Frame-specific Audience Effects in Dictator Games

  • Jonathan E. Alevy


    (Department of Economics, College of Business and Public Policy, University of Alaska Anchorage)

  • Francis L. Jeffries


    (College of Business and Public Policy, University of Alaska Anchorage)

  • Yonggang Lu


    (College of Business and Public Policy, University of Alaska Anchorage)

We study dictator allocations using a 2x2 experimental design that varies the level of anonymity and the choice set, allowing observation of audience effects in both give and take frames. Changes in the distribution of responses across treatment cells allow us to distinguish among alternative motives as elaborated in recent theory. We observe significant audience effects that vary by both frame and gender. The pattern of responses suggests that heterogeneous concerns for reputation and self-signaling across gender give rise to the contextual effects associated with the give and take frames that have previously been observed in the literature .

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Paper provided by University of Alaska Anchorage, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2013-02.

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Date of creation: Oct 2013
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Publication status: forthcoming Economics Letters
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