Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/93428
Authors: 
Säve-Söderbergh, Jenny
Lindquist, Gabriella Sjögren
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 4595
Abstract: 
Using unique panel data, we compare cognitive performance and wagering behavior of children (10-11 years) with adults playing in the Swedish version of the TV-shows Jeopardy and Junior Jeopardy. Although facing the same well-known high-stakes game, and controlling for performance differences, there is no gender gap in risk-taking among girls and boys in contrast with adults, and, while girls take more risk than women, boys take less risk than men. We also find that female behavior is differently sensitive to social context. While women wager more, girls perform worse and employ inferior wagering strategies when randomly assigned male opponents.
Subjects: 
risk attitudes
children
gender differences
gender of the opponent
child-adult differences
natural experiment
gender identity
JEL: 
J16
D81
C93
D03
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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