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Games 2018, 9(2), 28; https://doi.org/10.3390/g9020028

Gender Differences in the Response to Decision Power and Responsibility—Framing Effects in a Dictator Game

Department of Economics and Social Sciences, University of Potsdam, August-Bebel-Str. 89, 14482 Potsdam, Germany
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Received: 12 April 2018 / Revised: 10 May 2018 / Accepted: 17 May 2018 / Published: 20 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dictator Games)
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This paper studies the effects of two different frames on decisions in a dictator game. Before making their allocation decision, dictators read a short text. Depending on the treatment, the text either emphasizes their decision power and freedom of choice or it stresses their responsibility for the receiver’s payoff. Including a control treatment without such a text, three treatments are conducted with a total of 207 dictators. Our results show a different reaction to these texts depending on the dictator’s gender. We find that only men react positively to a text that stresses their responsibility for the receiver, while only women seem to react positively to a text that emphasizes their decision power and freedom of choice. View Full-Text
Keywords: dictator game; framing; gender; experiment dictator game; framing; gender; experiment
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Bruttel, L.; Stolley, F. Gender Differences in the Response to Decision Power and Responsibility—Framing Effects in a Dictator Game. Games 2018, 9, 28.

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