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Do women contribute more effort than men to a real public good?

Alger, Ingela, Juarez, Laura, Juarez-Torres, Miriam and Miquel-Florensa, Josepa (2020) Do women contribute more effort than men to a real public good? TSE Working Paper, n. 20-1071, Toulouse

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We present evidence from a lab-in-the-field experiment, conducted in eight small, rural villages in Mexico, in which subjects choose to exert real effort to fund real health centers in their own and other localities.
We find that women are more willing than men to exert effort to fund the health center in another locality,
relative to the one in their locality. This gender gap is mostly due to women who have some trust in the way
the government spends taxes, and to women who benefit from a government program that targets women and fosters health care use. Our results also suggest that women might be aware of their higher willingness
to exert effort for a public good that does not benefit them directly, compared to men, because they seem to reduce their individual effort the more female their environment is.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Language: English
Date: January 2020
Place of Publication: Toulouse
JEL Classification: C91 - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
H41 - Public Goods
O12 - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Institution: Université Toulouse 1 Capitole
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2020 08:38
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2020 07:07
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