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Gender differences in beliefs and actions in a framed corruption experiment

Miloš Fišar (), Matus Kubak (), Jiří Špalek () and James Tremewan

Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), 2016, vol. 63, issue C, 69-82

Abstract: We elicit actions and beliefs in a framed corruption experiment enabling us to investigate how gender differences in corrupt behaviour relate to gender differences in both beliefs about the behaviour of others and the relationship between those beliefs and actions. We find that women are less likely to engage in costly punishment of corruption, and believe corruption to be more prevalent than men. Differences between the genders in the relationship between beliefs and actions provides evidence that men experience a greater psychological cost as a result of social sanctions. Controlling for beliefs and gender differences in sensitivity to beliefs we find that males are, in many instances, more likely to offer bribes, while females are less likely to conform to a norm of bribe-giving. This result was not apparent in the raw data, and highlights the importance of considering beliefs in corruption experiments.

Keywords: Corruption; Economic experiment; Belief elicitation; Gender (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D73 C91 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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