Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/148346
Authors: 
van Veldhuizen, Roel
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
WZB Discussion Paper SP II 2016-207
Abstract: 
A large number of recent experimental studies show that women are less likely to sort into competitive environments. While part of this effect may be explained by gender differences in risk attitudes and overconfidence, previous studies have attributed the majority of the gender gap to gender differences in a separate 'competitiveness' trait. We re-examine this result using a powerful novel experimental technique that allows us to separate competitiveness from alternative explanations by experimental design. In contrast to the literature, the results from our experiment imply that the whole gender gap is driven by risk attitudes and overconfidence. We show that our results are due to our experimental approach, which circumvents concerns raised against the regression-based method used by previous studies. Our results have important implications for policy and future research.
Subjects: 
Tournament
Experimental Design
Gender
Competitiveness
Lab Experiment
JEL: 
C90
J16
J24
J31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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