Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/233526
Authors: 
Buser, Thomas
Ranehill, Eva
Veldhuizen, Roel van
Year of Publication: 
2021
Citation: 
[Journal:] Journal of Economic Psychology [ISSN:] 1872-7719 [Publisher:] Elsevier [Place:] Amsterdam [Volume:] 83 (Article No.:) 102366 [Year:] 2021
Abstract: 
A recent literature emphasizes that gender differences in the labor market may in part be driven by a gender gap in willingness to compete. However, whereas experiments in this literature typically investigate willingness to compete in private environments, real world competitions often have a more public nature, which introduces potential social image concerns. If such image concerns are important, and men and women differ in the degree to which they want to be seen as competitive, making tournament entry decisions publicly observable may further exacerbate the gender gap. We test this prediction using a laboratory experiment (N = 784) that varies the degree to which the decision to compete, and its outcome, is publicly observable. We find that public observability does not alter the magnitude of the gender gap in willingness to compete in an economically or statistically significant way.
Subjects: 
gender differences
competitiveness
social image
experiment
JEL: 
C91
D03
J16
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article
Document Version: 
Published Version

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