Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/172861
Authors: 
John, Katrin
Thomsen, Stephan L.
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) No. 607
Abstract: 
We use data from a gender-neutral dictator and public goods game setting to analyze differences in other-regarding preferences between boys and girls aged 10 to 17. The results indicate a higher mean of dictator giving, degree of egalitarian decisions and lower frequency of selfish decisions, free-riding and efficiency concerns for girls. Gender differences are already established at approximately age 10. They cannot be explained by gender-specific increases in other-regarding preferences, differences in dispositions or the impact of personality traits. We conclude that genes and early social learning are the sources of gender differences in other-regarding preferences.
Subjects: 
gender
other-regarding preferences
personality traits
dictator game
public goods game
JEL: 
C91
D03
J16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

Files in This Item:
File
Size
352.42 kB





Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.