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Gender differences in altruism: Evidence from a natural field experiment on matched donations

Journal article
Authors M. Knutsson
Peter Martinsson
E. Persson
C. Wollbrant
Published in Economics Letters
Volume 176
Pages 47-50
ISSN 0165-1765
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Economics
Pages 47-50
Language en
Keywords Field experiment, Gender, Social preferences
Subject categories Gender Studies, Economics


This paper reports new findings on gender differences in altruism. Conducting a natural field experiment (N = 2,164) we study donation behavior in a naturally occurring environment using a matched donation design. Contrary to previous research, we find that reducing the “price of altruism” by increasing matching efficiency has a significantly stronger effect on females than on males. © 2018 Elsevier B.V.

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