Gender differences in giving and the anticipation regarding giving in dictator games

Subhasish M. Chowdhury, Philip J. Grossman, Joo Young Jeon

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Research on altruistic behaviour and associated anticipatory beliefs, as well as related gender differences, is limited. Using data from Chowdhury and Jeon, who vary a common show-up fee and incentivize recipients to anticipate the amount given in a dictator game, we find that the show-up fee has a positive effect on dictator-giving for both genders. While female dictators are more generous than males, male recipients anticipate higher amounts than the amount male dictators give. As the show-up fee increases, the female dictators become a more generous social type, whereas males do not show this effect. There is no gender difference in anticipation about dictator social type by the recipients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)772-779
Number of pages8
JournalOxford Economic Papers
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020


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