Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/185513
Authors: 
Dato, Simon
Nieken, Petra
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 7315
Abstract: 
We study gender differences in relation to performance and sabotage in competitions. While we find no systematic gender differences in performance in the real effort task, we observe a strong gender gap in sabotage choices in our experiment. This gap is rooted in the uncertainty about the opponent's sabotage: in the absence of information about the opponent's sabotage choice, males expect to suffer from sabotage to a higher degree than females and choose higher sabotage levels themselves. If beliefs are exogenously aligned by implementing sabotage via strategy method, the gender gap in sabotage choices disappears. Moreover, providing a noisy signal about the sabotage level from which subjects might suffer leads to an endogenous alignment of beliefs and eliminates the gender gap in sabotage.
Subjects: 
gender
sabotage
tournament
belief formation
JEL: 
J16
M12
C91
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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