Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/207116
Authors: 
Böheim, René
Freudenthaler, Christoph
Lackner, Mario
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper No. 1903
Abstract: 
We analyze the effect of the coach's gender on risk-taking in women sports teams using data taken from National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball games. We find that the coach's gender has a sizable and significant effect on risk-taking, a finding that is robust to several empirical strategies, including an instrumental variable approach. In particular, we find that risk-taking among teams with a male head coach is 5 percentage points greater than that in teams with a female head coach. This gap is persistent over time and across intermediate game standings. The fact that risk-taking has a significantly positive effect on game success suggests that female coaches should be more risk-taking.
Subjects: 
Corporate risk-taking
gender difference
success
JEL: 
J16
J44
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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