Gender Differences in the Development of Other-Regarding Preferences
Katrin John () and
Stephan Thomsen ()
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Katrin John: Leibniz University of Hannover
No 11044, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
We use data from a gender-neutral dictator and public goods game setting to analyze differences in other-regarding preferences between boys and girls aged 10 to 17. The results indicate a higher mean of dictator giving, degree of egalitarian decisions and lower frequency of selfish decisions, free-riding and efficiency concerns for girls. Gender differences are already established at approximately age 10. They cannot be explained by gender-specific increases in other-regarding preferences, differences in dispositions or the impact of personality traits. We conclude that genes and early social learning are the sources of gender differences in other-regarding preferences.
Keywords: gender; other-regarding preferences; personality traits; dictator game; public goods game (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 D03 J16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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