Meaning and gender differences

Jonathan Bezalel, Yevgeny Mugerman*, Eyal Winter

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study utilizes the crowdfunding setting, and examines gender differences with regard to the perceived meaning of donations. The crowdfunding mechanism creates a singular reciprocal interaction where motivations can be examined and compared. We show that women's perceived meaning is more sensitive to the existence of gift rewards than that of men. When the gift incentive is nonexistent, women attribute a greater sense of meaning to their contribution, whereas this effect is largely absent or even reversed in men. Our findings have far-reaching implications in all aspects of donor retention strategies. Specifically, our findings indicate that women are more aligned with the Kantian doctrine of rejecting self-interest considerations of altruistic behavior than men.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number101757
JournalJournal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics
StatePublished - Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes

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  • Altruistic behavior
  • Crowdfunding
  • Donation
  • Donor retention
  • Gender gap
  • Meaning
  • Support


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