Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/242496
Authors: 
Kessel, Dany
Mollerstrom, Johanna
van Veldhuizen, Roel
Year of Publication: 
2021
Citation: 
[Journal:] European Economic Review [ISSN:] 1873-572X [Publisher:] Elsevier [Place:] Amsterdam [Volume:] 138 [Year:] 2021 [Issue:] (Article No.:) 103777
Abstract: 
As a recent literature has demonstrated, men and women differ in their willingness to sort into competitive environments. In particular, men are more willing than women to compete. We investigate whether it is possible to reduce the gender gap in willingness to compete through an information intervention that informs participants of the gap and advises them about the potential earnings implications. We find that this simple information intervention reduced the gender gap, both in a laboratory study at a German university and in a field study with Swedish high school students. Whereas some participants (primarily high-performing women) benefited from the intervention, others lost out. We discuss the implications for efficiency and policy.
Subjects: 
gender differences
competitiveness
advice
experiment
JEL: 
C91
D91
J16
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article
Document Version: 
Accepted Manuscript (Postprint)

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