Gender and Culture: Do Social Norms Matter?
13 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2016 Last revised: 12 Jun 2017
Date Written: May 9, 2017
We investigate the potential effect of gender and cultural background in shaping individual behavior when agents are required to accomplish a task. Our results, which derive from a natural experiment, reveal that a combination of different social norms (linked to various types of cultural backgrounds) is fundamental to creating the peer pressure that helps to ensure that a group task is accomplished properly.
Keywords: Experiment, gender, social norm, peer effects.
JEL Classification: C25; D70; Z10
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