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Gender and economic preferences in a large random sample

Anne Boschini (), Anna Dreber (), Emma von Essen (), Astri Muren () and Eva Ranehill ()
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Emma von Essen: Aarhus University, Postal: Department of Economics and Business, Aarhus University, DK-8210 Aarhus V, Denmark
Eva Ranehill: University of Zurich, Postal: Department of Economics, University of Zurich, Blümlisalpstrasse 10, CH-8006 Zurich

No 2014:6, Research Papers in Economics from Stockholm University, Department of Economics

Abstract: We explore gender differences in preferences related to altruism, fairness, cooperation, trust, coordination, risk and competitiveness in an experiment with a large random sample of the Swedish population. In addition to a baseline treatment, we have treatments where participants are primed with their gender or know the counterpart’s gender. We find no behavioral differences between treatments, but some gender differences within specific treatments: men are in some instances less generous, more trusting, and more competitive than women. Aside from a lack of gender differences in risk taking, our results are roughly in line with previous literature.

Keywords: Gender differences; Random sample; Social preferences; Risk-taking; Competitiveness; Dictator games; Priming; Experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 C93 J16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-eur, nep-evo, nep-exp and nep-upt
Date: 2014-10-23
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