Gender differences in Socially Responsible Consumption. An Experimental Investigation

TitleGender differences in Socially Responsible Consumption. An Experimental Investigation
Publication TypeWorking Paper
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsL. Becchetti, V. Pelligra, F. Salustri, A. Vásquez
Number2016_03
KeywordsGender Differences, lab experiment, Responsible Consumption, social preferences
Abstract

We report on a simple experimental study designed to investigate the different gender attitudes towards socially responsible consumption. We use the Vote-with-the-Wallet Game (VWG), a version of a repeated multiplayer prisoner’s dilemma that mimics the characteristics of the choice between a conventional and a socially responsible product. More precisely we test the effect of three factors: two different frames and an ex-post redistribution mechanism that transfers resources from purely self-interested consumers to responsible ones. We find that women remain significantly more cooperative (choosing more often the responsible good) when the redistribution mechanism is interrupted and are significantly less satisfied about the behavior of the other players in that treatment.

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