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dc.contributor.authorDreber, Annaen_US
dc.contributor.authorvon Essen, Emmaen_US
dc.contributor.authorRanehill, Evaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-15en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-28T13:10:35Z-
dc.date.available2012-03-28T13:10:35Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/56335-
dc.description.abstractRecent studies find that women are less competitive than men. This gender difference in competitiveness has been suggested as one possible explanation for why men occupy the majority of top positions in many sectors. In this study we explore competitiveness in children, with the premise that both culture and gendered stereotypes regarding the task at hand may influence competitive behavior. A related field experiment on Israeli children shows that only boys react to competition by running faster when competing in a race. We here test if there is a gender gap in running among 7-10 year old Swedish children. We also introduce two female sports, skipping rope and dancing, to see if competitiveness is task dependent. We find no gender difference in reaction to competition in any task; boys and girls compete equally. If gender equality matters for competitiveness, this result may be explained by cultural factors, since Sweden scores higher on gender equality indices than Israel.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherEkonomiska Forskningsinst. Stockholmen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance 709en_US
dc.subject.jelC93en_US
dc.subject.jelD03en_US
dc.subject.jelJ16en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordcompetitivenessen_US
dc.subject.keywordgender differencesen_US
dc.subject.keywordfield experimenten_US
dc.subject.stwKinderen_US
dc.subject.stwGeschlechten_US
dc.subject.stwWettbewerben_US
dc.subject.stwVerhaltenen_US
dc.subject.stwTesten_US
dc.subject.stwSchwedenen_US
dc.titleOutrunning the gender gap: Boys and girls compete equallyen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn591456281en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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