Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/149901
Authors: 
Apicella, Coren L.
Demiral, Elif E.
Mollerstrom, Johanna
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
DIW Discussion Papers 1638
Abstract: 
We report on two experiments investigating whether there is a gender difference in thewillingness to compete against oneself (self-competition), similar to what is found whencompeting against others (other-competition). In one laboratory and one online marketexperiment, involving a total of 1,200 participants, we replicate the gender-gap inwillingness to other-compete but find no evidence of a gender difference in the willingnessto self-compete. We explore the roles of risk and confidence and suggest that these factorscan account for the different findings. Finally, we document that self-competition does noworse than other-competition in terms of performance boosting.
Subjects: 
gender
competition
discrimination
experiment
JEL: 
C90
C91
J16
J71
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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