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Department of Economics, Stockholm University Research Papers in Economics, Department of Economics, Stockholm University

No 2002:2:
Discrimination by Gender and Social Distance

Martin Dufwenberg () and Astri Muren ()

Abstract: We examine experimentally how a person's generosity depends on the

sex of that person, on the sex of the person who is the target of the

generous act, and on the degree of anonymity between the interacting parties.

In our data fewer men than women give non-zero amounts; men receive less than

women; and less is given when subjects receive money publicly on stage than

when payments are private. The results shed light on gender-related

selfishness and discrimination, and suggest that it may be problematic to

organize experimental findings in terms of social distance.

Keywords: discrimination; gender; social distance; anonymity; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: A13; C91; D63; D64; J71; (follow links to similar papers)

30 pages, January 3, 2002

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