Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/36894
Authors: 
Balafoutas, Loukas
Sutter, Matthias
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 4955
Abstract: 
Recent research has shown that women shy away from competition more often than men. We evaluate experimentally three alternative policy interventions to promote women in competitions: Quotas, Preferential Treatment, and Repetition of the Competition unless a critical number of female winners is reached. We find that Quotas and Preferential Treatment encourage women to compete significantly more often than in a control treatment, while efficiency in selecting the best candidates as winners is not worse. The level of cooperation in a post-competition teamwork task is even higher with successful policy interventions. Hence, policy measures promoting women can have a double dividend.
Subjects: 
Competition
gender gap
experiment
affirmative action
teamwork
coordination
JEL: 
C91
D03
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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