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Beliefs about gender differences in social preferences

Christine Exley, Oliver Hauser, Molly Moore and John-Henry Pezzuto
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Christine Exley: Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Molly Moore: Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University
John-Henry Pezzuto: Harvard Business School, Harvard University

No 2204, Discussion Papers from University of Exeter, Department of Economics

Abstract: While there is a vast (and mixed) literature on gender differences in social preferences, little is known about believed gender differences in social preferences. This paper documents robust evidence for believed gender differences in social preferences. Across a wide range of contexts that vary in terms of strategic considerations, selfish motives, fairness concepts and applications, we find that individuals robustly expect that women are more generous and more equality-oriented. Despite the robustness of these beliefs, the believed gender gap in social preferences - in the range of contexts we consider - is largely inaccurate.

Keywords: experiments; gender; altruism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 D64 D91 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022-06-02
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-evo, nep-exp, nep-gen and nep-hrm
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