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Experimental Economics

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 93–98 | Cite as

Are women expected to be more generous?

  • Fernando Aguiar
  • Pablo Brañas-GarzaEmail author
  • Ramón Cobo-Reyes
  • Natalia Jimenez
  • Luis M. Miller
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Abstract

This paper analyzes if men and women are expected to behave differently regarding altruism. Since the dictator game provides the most suitable design for studying altruism and generosity in the lab setting, we use a modified version to study the beliefs involved in the game. Our results are substantial: men and women are expected to behave differently. Moreover, while women believe that women are more generous, men consider that women are as generous as men.

Keywords

Dictator game Beliefs Expectations Generosity Gender 

JEL

C91 D64 J16 

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© Economic Science Association 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fernando Aguiar
    • 1
  • Pablo Brañas-Garza
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ramón Cobo-Reyes
    • 2
  • Natalia Jimenez
    • 2
  • Luis M. Miller
    • 3
  1. 1.IESA-CSICCórdobaSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de Teoría EconómicaUniversidad de GranadaGranadaSpain
  3. 3.IESA-CSIC and Strategic Interaction GroupMax Planck Institute of EconomicsJenaGermany

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