Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/162513
Authors: 
van Veldhuizen, Roel
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper 14
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 novel experimental technique that allows us to separate competitiveness from alternative explanations by experimental design. In contrast to the literature, our results imply that the whole gender gap is driven by risk attitudes and overconfidence, which has important implications for future research.
Subjects: 
gender
competitiveness
lab experiment
experimental design
JEL: 
C90
J16
D03
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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