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Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg Working Papers in Economics

No 468:
Windfall vs. Earned Money in the Laboratory: Do They Affect the Behavior of Men and Women Differently?

Fredrik Carlsson (), 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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