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Title:Gender differences in competitiveness and risk taking: Comparing children in Colombia and Sweden PDF Logo
Authors:Cárdenas, Juan-Camilo
Dreber, Anna
von Essen, Emma
Ranehilld, Eva
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance 730
Abstract:We explore gender differences in preferences for competition and risk among children aged 9-12 in Colombia and Sweden, two countries differing in gender equality according to macro indices. We include four types of tasks that vary in gender stereotyping when looking at competitiveness: running, skipping rope, math and word search. We find that boys and girls are equally competitive in all tasks and all measures in Colombia. Unlike the consistent results in Colombia, the results in Sweden are mixed, with some indication of girls being more competitive than boys in some tasks in terms of performance change, whereas boys are more likely to choose to compete in general. Boys in both countries are more risk taking than girls, with a smaller gender gap in Sweden.
Subjects:competitiveness
risk preferences
children
gender differences
experiment
JEL:C91
D03
J16
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance, EFI - The Economic Research Institute, Stockholm School of Economics

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