Inequality aversion and altruism in bargaining experiments: The effect of gender

Carolina del Pilar Cerda, University of Texas at El Paso


This paper examines gender-related inequality aversion, altruism and the effect of gender on decision-making using ultimatum and dictator experiments. A triple-anonymous design was incorporated into the experiments by excluding monetary payments in order to eliminate any aspect of social pressure that the experimenter may exert by exchanging money with the subjects. The absence of social pressure allows for observation of gender differences in economic behavior. Results show that there is a sharp difference between genders. Women are more likely to give larger amounts than men indicating that altruism does vary depending on gender. Also, inequality aversion appears to be more prominent in women's behavior than in man's behavior. However, the difference between men and women in this respect is slight.

Subject Area

Marketing|Economics|Gender studies

Recommended Citation

Cerda, Carolina del Pilar, "Inequality aversion and altruism in bargaining experiments: The effect of gender" (2011). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1498277.