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Niall O`Higgins, Clelia Mazzoni and Patrizia Sbriglia
''Altruistic behavior and social influence in the dictator game''
( 2017, Vol. 37 No.2 )
We run Dictators experiments in Southern Italy, a western country with a matrilineal culture, introducing – at the same time- social influence in the design. Our goal is to test whether the institutional culture and the role women have in the society are important factors in determining gender differences in altruism and generosity, compared to the different responses of men and women to social influence and “social clues” (Croson and Gneezy, 2009). We find more support to the hypothesis on the cultural role in shaping preferences, rather than the effects of social influence
Keywords: Altruism, Gender Differences, Dictator Games
JEL: A1 - General Economics: General
C9 - Design of Experiments: General
Manuscript Received : Aug 11 2016 Manuscript Accepted : Jun 05 2017

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