Are Women Less Selfish than Men?: Evidence from Dictator Games

The Economic Journal, Vol. 108, pp. 726-735, 1998

10 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2011

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Catherine C. Eckel

Texas A&M University

Philip J. Grossman

Monash University - Department of Economics

Date Written: May 1, 1998

Abstract

Research in social sciences other than economics indicates substantial differences in behaviour between men and women. The general conclusion drawn from this work is that women will be more socially-orientated (selfless), and men more individually-orientated (selfish). This paper reports the results of a double-anonymous dictator experiment designed to permit the emergence of basic gender differences in economic behaviour. Our results are intended to provide a baseline for further research. We find that women, on average, donate twice as much as men to their anonymous partners when any factors that might confound cooperation are eliminated.

Suggested Citation

Eckel, Catherine C. and Grossman, Philip J., Are Women Less Selfish than Men?: Evidence from Dictator Games (May 1, 1998). The Economic Journal, Vol. 108, pp. 726-735, 1998. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1883574

Catherine C. Eckel (Contact Author)

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Philip J. Grossman

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