Gender Differences in Altruism on Mechanical Turk: Expectations and Actual Behaviour

19 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2016 Last revised: 20 May 2018

Pablo Brañas-Garza

Middlesex University - Economics Department

Valerio Capraro

Middlesex University

Ericka Rascon

Middlesex University - Economics Department

Date Written: March 18, 2018

Abstract

Whether or not there are gender differences in altruistic behaviour in Dictator Game experiments has attracted considerable attention in recent years. Earlier studies found women to be more altruistic than men. However, this conclusion has been challenged by more recent accounts, which have argued that gender differences in altruistic behaviour may be a peculiarity of student samples and may not extend to other groups. Here we study gender differences in altruistic behaviour and, additionally, in expectations of altruistic behaviour, in a sample of Amazon Mechanical Turk crowdworkers living in the US. In Study 1, we report a mega-analysis of more than 3,500 observations and we show that women are significantly more altruistic than men. In Study 2, we show that both women and men expect women to be more altruistic than men.

Keywords: dictator game, gender differences, expectations, altruistic behavior

JEL Classification: C70, C79, C90, C91, C92, D64, D70, D71, H41

Suggested Citation

Brañas-Garza, Pablo and Capraro, Valerio and Rascon, Ericka, Gender Differences in Altruism on Mechanical Turk: Expectations and Actual Behaviour (March 18, 2018). Economics Letters, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2796221 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2796221

Pablo Brañas-Garza

Middlesex University - Economics Department ( email )

The Burroughs
London, NW4 4BT
United Kingdom

Valerio Capraro (Contact Author)

Middlesex University ( email )

The Burroughs
London, NW4 4BT
United Kingdom

Ericka Rascon

Middlesex University - Economics Department ( email )

The Burroughs
London, NW4 4BT
United Kingdom

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