Normative conflict and the gender gap in cooperation

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A normative conflict arises when individuals derive different benefits from cooperation. We analyze experimental data from three published studies to investigate the impact of normative conflict on the cooperative behavior of men and women. We find that women exhibit significantly lower levels of cooperation in the presence of normative conflict. We observe no significant gender differences in cooperation in the absence of normative conflict.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number111680
JournalEconomics Letters
StatePublished - May 2024


  • Cooperation
  • Gender
  • Heterogeneous groups
  • Inequality
  • Normative conflict

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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