Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/190008
Authors: 
Fearon, James D.
Humphreys, Macartan
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2017/163
Abstract: 
We examine a public goods game in 83 communities in northern Liberia. Women contributed substantially more to a small-scale development project when playing with other women than in mixed-gender groups, where they contributed at about the same levels as men. We try to explain this composition effect using a structural model, survey responses, and a second manipulation. Results suggest women in the all-women condition put more weight on co-operation regardless of value of public good, fear of discovery, or desire to match others' behaviour. Game players may have stronger motivation to signal public-spiritedness when primed to consider themselves representatives of the women of the community.
Subjects: 
public goods
gender
Bayesian estimation
JEL: 
H41
J16
D7
C11
C93
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-389-9
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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