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Gender and altruism in a 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 Gothenburg, Postal: Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg , Box 640, 40530 Gothenburg, Sweden

No 2015:7, Research Papers in Economics from Stockholm University, Department of Economics

Abstract: We study gender differences in altruism in a large random sample of the Swedish population using a standard dictator game. Beside a baseline treatment we have a priming treatment (where participants are reminded of their gender) and two treatments with known male and female counterpart respectively. Significant gender differences arise only in the priming treatment. An exploratory analysis of the effect of interviewer gender indicates that priming effects occur only in gender-mixed contexts.

Keywords: Gender differences; Random sample; Dictator game; Experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 C93 J16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 28 pages
Date: 2015-10-23, Revised 2018-01-29
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-exp, nep-hpe and nep-soc
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