Gender differences in giving and the anticipation-about-giving in dictator games

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June 2019
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Subhasish M. Chowdhury
Philip J. Grossman
Joo Young Jeon
Gender Economics

Research on altruistic payoffs and the related payoff anticipation and related gender differences is limited. Using data from Chowdhury & Jeon (2014) who vary a common show-up fee and incentivize recipients to anticipate the amount given in a dictator game, we find that the showup fee has a positive effect on dictator giving for both genders. While female dictators are more generous than males, male recipients anticipate higher amounts than the amount male dictators give. The show-up fee affects the social-type of female dictators, and the anticipation about dictator social-type by the male recipients.


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