WHEN ARE WOMEN MORE GENEROUS THAN MEN?
Article first published online: 2 APR 2007
Volume 44, Issue 4, pages 587–598, October 2006
How to Cite
COX, J. C. and DECK, C. A. (2006), WHEN ARE WOMEN MORE GENEROUS THAN MEN?. Economic Inquiry, 44: 587–598. doi: 10.1093/ei/cbj042
- Issue published online: 2 APR 2007
- Article first published online: 2 APR 2007
Previous research on gender differences in behavior has led to seemingly contradictory findings about generosity. From data generated by 290 subject pairs, we find that women are more sensitive than men to the costs of generous actions when deciding whether to be generous. The factors that affect the level of generosity observed in our experiments are reciprocal motivation, the level of money payoffs, and the level of social distance in the experimental protocol. The relatively greater sensitivity of women to the costs of generous behavior can explain most of the apparent inconsistencies in previously reported findings. (JEL C70, C91, D63, D64)