Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version



Cornhusker Economics, September 23, 2015,


Copyright 2015 University of Nebraska.


Gender differences are a subject of interest to many disciplines, including economics when it comes to strategic behavior, environmental studies when it comes to environmental attitudes and behavior, and psychology when it comes, among many other topics, to differences in emotion expression and reaction. To study a number of questions related to conservation decisions in the context of downstream water pollution, including gender differences and effect of emotions, a laboratory experiment was conducted in the Experimental and Behavioral Economics Laboratory of the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In total 216 students and members of the public participated in the experiment, with 45% being females. The experiment was incentive compatible and the participants earned on average $28.90 depending on their choices during the game.