What Goes Around (Sometimes) Comes Around: Gender Differences in Retaliation

37 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2019

See all articles by Sirus H. Dehdari

Sirus H. Dehdari

Uppsala University - Department of Government

Emma Heikensten

Stockholm School of Economics, Department of Economics

Siri Isaksson

Stockholm School of Economics, Department of Economics

Date Written: April 25, 2019

Abstract

This paper provides new evidence of gender differences in retaliatory behavior. Using game show data from a natural setting where stakes are high, we ask whether men are more likely to retaliate following an attack and whether the gender of the target matters for this decision. The behavior studied in this paper is the decision of whom to send the question to in a quiz show setting. We observe a 23 percent gender gap in the propensity to retaliate: women are less likely to seek revenge. The gender of the target matters for women but not for men, with women being more likely to retaliate against men than women. In addition, we show that retaliation is a successful way to avert future attacks in the short term. This is especially true for women, yet we find that women seek less revenge than men.

Keywords: retaliation, gender differences, game show data, behavioral economics

Suggested Citation

Dehdari, Sirus Håfström and Heikensten, Emma and Isaksson, Siri, What Goes Around (Sometimes) Comes Around: Gender Differences in Retaliation (April 25, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3378279 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3378279

Sirus Håfström Dehdari

Uppsala University - Department of Government ( email )

Gamla Torget 6
751 20
Uppsala
Sweden

Emma Heikensten

Stockholm School of Economics, Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 6501
Sveavagen 65
Stockholm
Sweden

HOME PAGE: http://www.emmaheikensten.com/

Siri Isaksson (Contact Author)

Stockholm School of Economics, Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 6501
Sveavagen 65
Stockholm
Sweden

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