Alger, Ingela, Juarez, Laura, Juarez-Torres, Miriam and Miquel-Florensa, Josepa (2023) Do Women Contribute More Effort than Men to a Real Public Good ? World Bank Economic Review, vol. 37 (n° 2). 205–220-205–220.

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Identification Number : 10.1093/wber/lhac026


This study presents 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. The results show 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 those who benefit from a government program that targets women and fosters healthcare use. These 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: Article
Language: English
Date: May 2023
Refereed: Yes
Place of Publication: Washington
Uncontrolled Keywords: public goods, gender, lab-in-the-field experiment, real effort, in-versus out-group transfers
JEL Classification: C91 - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
H41 - Public Goods
O12 - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2015 14:33
Last Modified: 17 May 2024 06:49
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