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Gender based prescriptions: evidence for altruism

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  • Fernando Aguiar

    (IESA/CSIC)

  • Pablo Brañas-Garza

    () (Department of Economic Theory and Economic History, University of Granada.)

  • Ramón Cobo-Reyes

    () (Department of Economic Theory and Economic History, University of Granada.)

  • Natalia Jiménez

    () (Department of Economic Theory and Economic History, University of Granada.)

  • Luis M. Miller

    (IESA/CSIC)

Abstract

This paper analyzes the way in which men and women are expected to behave differently in an experimental situation. To do so, we concentrate on a single topic: altruism. Since the dictator game provides the most suitable design for studying altruism and generosity in the lab setting, we use a modified version to study the beliefs involved in the game. Our results are substantial: men and women are expected to behave differently and both believe that women are more generous. These two premises affect their behavior.

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  • Fernando Aguiar & Pablo Brañas-Garza & Ramón Cobo-Reyes & Natalia Jiménez & Luis M. Miller, 2006. "Gender based prescriptions: evidence for altruism," ThE Papers 06/11, Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada..
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    Keywords

    prescriptions; dictator game; beliefs; generosity; gender;

    JEL classification:

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

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