Working Paper Series, School of Economics and Business, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Sosina Bezu and Stein Holden
Generosity and sharing among villagers: Do women give more?
Abstract: This paper explores generosity among anonymous villagers
and sharing within families using a dictator game field experiment that was
carried out in rural villages in Ethiopia. We find that generosity among
anonymous villagers is very low compared with the findings in the dictator
game literature. On average, the dictators in our sample allocate only 6%
of their endowments to anonymous persons in the village, and three-fourths
of the dictators keep all of their endowments to themselves when paired
with anonymous persons. However, we found very high levels of sharing
between husband and wife. In terms of gender differences, we find that
women are not more generous towards anonymous persons, nor are they more
likely to share within their families. In fact, there is some evidence,
albeit weak, showing that women allocate less to anonymous persons than do
men. Additionally, there is strong evidence that women are less likely to
share their resources with their spouse than are men.
Keywords: Dictator game; generosity; sharing; field experiment; Ethiopia; Africa; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: C93; D03; O12; (follow links to similar papers)
29 pages, March 12, 2015
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