Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/25637
Authors: 
León-Mejía, Ana
Miller, Luis M.
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
Jena economic research papers 2007,069
Abstract: 
The study of gender differences in social preferences has shown mixed results, preventing economists and other social scientists from drawing definitive conclusions on this topic. Several original investigations and experimental reviews have hypothesized that the main reason of this heterogeneity of results is the myriad of experimental designs used to study gender differences. In this paper we test this hypothesis by making male and female participants to face two different but related experimental games and two different information treatments. Through this 2x2 factorial design, we obtain results in line with some recent papers: women are sensitive to the design and context of the experiment in ways that men are not. In addition, we go further providing a well-grounded account on the importance of the context for female decision-making.
Subjects: 
Beliefs
economic experiments
empathy
gender differences
social preferences
JEL: 
C78
C91
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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