Date of Graduation

Spring 5-19-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in International and Development Economics (MSIDEC)


College of Arts and Sciences



First Advisor

Bruce Wydick


Climate change is one of the biggest and most pressing issues the world is facing today. While its economic implications are substantial, it is also important to investigate the effects of climate change on human behavior. This paper examines the relationship of rising temperatures and its effect on an individual’s cooperative behavior – specifically egalitarianism, generosity, selfishness, and spite. This study will focus on the differences between how males and females react to the temperature. Research indicates that there are substantial behavioral differences between men and women. How do the economic decisions of men and women differ when interacted with temperature? Outcomes will be analyzed through the participants’ decisions during a series of Dictator Games played in varying room temperature modulations ranging from 18°C to 34°C. We find that males tend to be less selfish and less spiteful at higher temperatures, while females are not as affected. Currently, research has been done in India (New Delhi), Kenya (Nairobi), Mexico (Chapingo), and the United States of America (Davis, California).

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Version A of our Questionnaire

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Version B of our Questionnaire