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Risk-tolerant women donate more than men: Experimental evidence of dictator games

By Stephan M\ufcller and Holger A. Rau


In a within-subjects experiment we test the relation of risk preferences and charitable giving. Women not only give substantially more than men, but also show an economically significant positive correlation between risk tolerance and donation levels. We find no such correlation for men. Men and relative risk-averse women do not differ in donations. Thus, common findings of gender differences in charitable giving may be explained by risk-tolerant women donating more

Topics: C91, D64, D81, J16, ddc:330, dictator game, experiment, gender differences, risk preferences
Publisher: G\uf6ttingen: Center for European Governance and Economic Development Research, Georg-August Universit\ue4t
Year: 2015
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Provided by: EconStor

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