Gender differences in altruism on Mechanical Turk: expectations and actual behaviour

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Branas-Garza, P., Capraro, V. and Rascon Ramirez, E. 2018. Gender differences in altruism on Mechanical Turk: expectations and actual behaviour. Economics Letters. 170, pp. 19-23. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econlet.2018.05.022
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TitleGender differences in altruism on Mechanical Turk: expectations and actual behaviour
AuthorsBranas-Garza, P., Capraro, V. and Rascon Ramirez, E.
Abstract

Whether or not there are gender differences in altruistic behaviour in Dictator Game experiments has attracted considerable attention in recent years. Earlier studies found women to be more altruistic than men. However, this conclusion has been challenged by more recent accounts, which have argued that gender differences in altruistic behaviour may be a peculiarity of student samples and may not extend to other groups. Here we study gender differences in altruistic behaviour and, additionally, in expectations of altruistic behaviour, in a sample of Amazon Mechanical Turk crowdworkers living in the US. In Study 1, we report a mega-analysis of more than 3, 500 observations and we show that women are significantly more altruistic than men. In Study 2, we show that both women and men expect women to be more altruistic than men.

LanguageEnglish
PublisherElsevier
JournalEconomics Letters
ISSN0165-1765
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Online30 May 2018
Print01 Sep 2018
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Deposited16 Jul 2018
Accepted17 May 2018
Output statusPublished
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econlet.2018.05.022
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