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Are Women More Sensitive to the Decision-Making Context?

  • Luis Miller

    (Centre for Experimental Social Sciences, Nuffield College, University of Oxford)

  • Paloma Ubeda

    ()

    (LINEEX, ERI-CESS, University of Valencia)

We conduct an experiment to assess gender differences across different economic contexts. Specifically, we test whether women are more sensitive to the decision-making context in situations in which different fairness principles can be used. We find that women adopt more often than men conditional fairness principles that require information about the context. Furthermore, while most men adopt only one decision principle, most women switch between multiple decision principles. These results complement and reinforce Croson and Gneezy's organizing explanation of greater context sensitivity of women.

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Paper provided by University of Oxford, Nuffield College in its series Discussion Papers with number 2010004.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2010
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Handle: RePEc:cex:dpaper:2010004
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