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Women less charitable than men!

Dhaka, 29 May, Abnews : Given the chance, women are more likely than men to opt out of a request to give a charitable donation, economists, including one of Indian origin have claimed. The issue of which gender is more generous has been hotly debated for years. Now, a new field experiment conducted by scholars at the University of Chicago and University of California, Berkeley shows that when it’s easy to avoid making a donation, such as not responding to a door-to-door solicitor, women are less likely than men to give.

The study tested people’s motivations to give, whether they responded to social pressure or from an attitude of altruism, said John List, a U Chicago economist and expert of philanthropy. In the study, researchers visited neighbourhoods to raise money for a local children’s hospital and an out-of-state environmental organisation. In one part of the study, visits were unannounced.

In two other parts of the study, people received fliers- either announcing the solicitation the following day or giving people an opportunity to opt-out of the request for funds. The simple flier lowers the share of people answering the door, relative to the people who did not have warning of the visit, but it does not affect the share of people giving, said List, the Homer J Livingston Professor in Economics.

The opt-out option lowers both the share of people answering the door and the share of individuals giving, he said. The drop in women’s giving largely drives this change, List explained. About three per cent of women and men gave money when the visit was unannounced. When allowed to opt-out, men’s giving dropped slightly, while women’s giving fell to about half of the level of previous giving.

When the scholars looked over other data in the study to determine gender-specific altruism distributions, they found that women were more likely at the margin of giving to a charitable cause, and therefore more likely to opt-out if they had a chance.



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