Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Research Papers in Economics,
Stockholm University, Department of Economics

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

Anne Boschini (), Anna Dreber (), Emma von Essen (), Astri Muren () and Eva Ranehill ()
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Anne Boschini: SOFI, Postal: Stockholm University, S-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
Anna Dreber: Stockholm School of Economics, Postal: Department of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, 113 83 Stockholm, Sweden
Emma von Essen: Aarhus University, Postal: Department of Economics and Business , Aarhus University, DK-8210 Aarhus V, Denmark
Astri Muren: Dept. of Economics, Stockholm University, Postal: Department of Economics, Stockholm University, S-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
Eva Ranehill: University of Gothenburg, Postal: Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg , Box 640, 40530 Gothenburg, Sweden

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

JEL-codes: C91; C93; J16

28 pages, First version: October 23, 2015. Revised: January 29, 2018. Earlier revisions: March 14, 2017.

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