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Gender Differences in Beliefs and Actions in a Framed Corruption Experiment



Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Economics and Administration

Field Economy
Keywords corruption; economic experiment; belief elicitation; gender
Description We elicit actions and beliefs in a framed corruption experiment enabling us to investigate how gender differences in corrupt behaviour relate to gender differences in both beliefs about the behaviour of others and the relationship between those beliefs and actions. We find that women are less likely to engage in costly punishment of corruption, and believe corruption to be more prevalent than men. Differences between the genders in the relationship between beliefs and actions provides evidence that men experience a greater psychological cost as a result of social sanctions. Controlling for beliefs and gender differences in sensitivity to beliefs we find that males are, in many instances, more likely to offer bribes. This result was not apparent in the raw data, and highlights the importance of considering beliefs in corruption experiments.
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