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Gender differences in the giving and taking variants of the dictator game

Subhasish Chowdhury, Joo Young Jeon and Bibhas Saha

No 14-09R, Working Paper series, University of East Anglia, Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS) from School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

Abstract: We run a between-subject dictator game with 'give' and 'take' frames involving a balanced pool of male and female dictators. Complying with the existing literature we find no overall difference in the amount allocated to the recipient across the treatments. However, this is only an illusion of the aggregate. Females allocate significantly more under the taking frame compared to the giving frame whereas males show exactly the opposite behavior – nullifying the overall effect. This occurs since a taking frame makes males significantly more selfish and females significantly more egalitarian compared to a giving frame.

Keywords: altruism; dictator game; taking game; framing; gender (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 D64 D84 J16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-06-20
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