Gender differences in Socially Responsible Consumption. An Experimental Investigation
|Title||Gender differences in Socially Responsible Consumption. An Experimental Investigation|
|Publication Type||Working Paper|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Authors||Becchetti, L, Pelligra, V, Salustri, F, Vásquez, A|
|Keywords||Gender Differences, lab experiment, Responsible Consumption, social preferences|
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.