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

No 2015:7:
Gender and altruism in a random sample

Anne Boschini (), Anna Dreber (), Emma von Essen (), Astri Muren () and Eva Ranehill ()

Abstract: We study gender differences in altruism in a large random sample of the Swedish population using a standard dictator game. Beside a baseline treatment we have a priming treatment (where participants are reminded of their gender) and two treatments with known male and female counterpart respectively. Significant gender differences arise only in the priming treatment. An exploratory analysis of the effect of interviewer gender indicates that priming effects occur only in gender-mixed contexts.

Keywords: Gender differences; Random sample; Dictator game; Experiment; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: C91; C93; J16; (follow links to similar papers)

28 pages, October 23, 2015, Revised March 14, 2017

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