Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/170809
Authors: 
Gerhards, Leonie
Kosfeld, Michael
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10825
Abstract: 
We study the effect of likability on female and male team behavior in a lab experiment. Extending a two-player public goods game and a minimum effort game by an additional pre-play stage that informs team members about their mutual likability we find that female teams lower their contribution to the public good in case of low likability, while male teams achieve high levels of cooperation irrespective of the level of mutual likability. In mixed sex teams, both females' and males' contributions depend on mutual likability. Similar results are found in the minimum effort game. Our results offer a new perspective on gender differences in labor market outcomes: mutual dislikability impedes team behavior, except in all-male teams.
Subjects: 
experiment
likability
gender differences
team behavior
JEL: 
C90
J16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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