Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Memorandum,
Oslo University, Department of Economics

No 16/2014: Contributing to Public Goods as Individuals versus Group Representatives: Evidence of Gender Differences

Karen Evelyn Hauge () and Ole Røgeberg ()
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Karen Evelyn Hauge: Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research,, Postal: Gaustadalleen 21 , 0349 Oslo, Norway
Ole Røgeberg: Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research,, Postal: Gaustadalleen 21 , 0349 Oslo, Norway

Abstract: We report evidence from a laboratory experiment comparing contributions in public good games played as individuals to contributions made as group representatives. We find that women alter their behaviour more than men. The change is in an out-group friendly direction: while men’s contributions are largely similar across the two treatments, women increase their contributions by 40% on average as group representatives. The results are consistent with empirical research from labour markets suggesting that female corporate leaders emphasize stakeholders beyond the shareholders to a larger extent than men, and they are in line with stereotypes commonly held regarding male and female leaders.

Keywords: responsibility; group representative; gender; public good game; laboratory experiment

JEL-codes: C91; H41; J16

19 pages, July 30, 2014

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