Beliefs about gender differences in social preferences


Speaker:Christine Exley , Harvard University
Date: Friday 10 December 2021
Time: 14:00
Location: Online

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While there is a vast (and mixed) literature on gender differences in social preferences, little is known about believed gender differences in social preferences. This paper documents robust evidence for believed gender differences in how men and women make distributional decisions. Across a wide range of contexts that vary in terms of strategic considerations, selfish motives, and various equity concepts, we find that individuals consistently expect that women are more likely to favor equal distributional outcomes than men are. These results hold despite limited difference in how men and women actually make distributional decisions, and these results hold among a traditional undergraduate student population, an online subject pool, and a representative sample.