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Gender altruism and attitudes towards violence against women

Pablo Selaya, Neda Trifkovic and Vincent Leyaro
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Vincent Leyaro: University of Dar es Salaam

No 23-19, DERG working paper series from University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics. Development Economics Research Group (DERG)

Abstract: We construct measures of gender altruism, or the propensity of an equal allocation towards the other gender, in a series of dictator and ultimatum games. We compare different types of fishing societies in rural Tanzania, and find (a) systematically lower levels of gender altruism in lake-fishing villages compared to sea-fishing villages, and (b) a higher tendency for participants in lake-fishing villages to justify violence against women. Our findings provide experimental evidence supporting the idea that differences in cultural norms about gender equality shape individual attitudes towards violence against women.

Keywords: Inequality; violence against women; altruism; equality; dictator game; ultimatum game; fishing societies; Tanzania (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 J16 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 45
Date: 2023-01-08
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