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Gender differences in altruism: Evidence from a natural field experiment on matched donations

Mikael Knutsson, Peter Martinsson, Emil Persson and Conny Wollbrant ()

Economics Letters, 2019, vol. 176, issue C, 47-50

Abstract: This paper reports new findings on gender differences in altruism. Conducting a natural field experiment (N = 2,164) we study donation behavior in a naturally occurring environment using a matched donation design. Contrary to previous research, we find that reducing the “price of altruism” by increasing matching efficiency has a significantly stronger effect on females than on males.

Keywords: Social preferences; Field experiment; Gender (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 D03 D64 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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