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Which is the Fair Sex? Gender Differences in Altruism*

Which is the Fair Sex? Gender Differences in Altruism* We study gender differences in altruism by examining a modified dictator game with varying incomes and prices. Our results indicate that the question “which is the fair sex?” has a complicated answer—when altruism is expensive, women are kinder, but when it is cheap, men are more altruistic. That is, we find that the male and female “demand curves for altruism” cross, and that men are more responsive to price changes. Furthermore, men are more likely to be either perfectly selfish or perfectly selfless, whereas women tend to be “equalitarians” who prefer to share evenly. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Quarterly Journal of Economics Oxford University Press

Which is the Fair Sex? Gender Differences in Altruism*

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Oxford University Press
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© Published by Oxford University Press.
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ISSN
0033-5533
eISSN
1531-4650
DOI
10.1162/003355301556419
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Abstract

We study gender differences in altruism by examining a modified dictator game with varying incomes and prices. Our results indicate that the question “which is the fair sex?” has a complicated answer—when altruism is expensive, women are kinder, but when it is cheap, men are more altruistic. That is, we find that the male and female “demand curves for altruism” cross, and that men are more responsive to price changes. Furthermore, men are more likely to be either perfectly selfish or perfectly selfless, whereas women tend to be “equalitarians” who prefer to share evenly.

Journal

The Quarterly Journal of EconomicsOxford University Press

Published: Feb 1, 2001

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