Working Papers in Economics
Windfall vs. Earned Money in the Laboratory: Do They Affect the Behavior of Men and Women Differently?
(), Haoran He
() and Peter Martinsson
Abstract: We experimentally investigate, using a dictator game, if
the effects of windfall and earned endowments on behavior differ between
men and women genders. In line with previous studies, we find that windfall
endowments significantly increase the amount donated. The impact of moving
from earned to windfall endowment on behavior is larger for females, yet
the gender difference is statistically insignificant. Thus, we do not find
evidence that the change in how the endowment is obtained in a laboratory
experiment affects male and female behavior differently.
Keywords: dictator game; experiment; earned endowment; gender; windfall gain; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: C91; C93; D64; (follow links to similar papers)
15 pages, September 2, 2010
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