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Endogenously Emerging Gender Pay Gap in an Experimental Teamwork Setting

Özgür Gürerk (), Bernd Irlenbusch () and Bettina Rockenbach ()
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Bernd Irlenbusch: Department of Management and C-SEB, University of Cologne, 50923 Cologne, Germany
Bettina Rockenbach: Department of Economics and C-SEB, University of Cologne, 50923 Cologne, Germany

Games, 2018, vol. 9, issue 4, 1-19

Abstract: We studied gender diversity and performance in endogenously formed teams in a repeated teamwork setting. In our experiment, the participants ( N = 168, 84 women and 84 men) chose whether to perform a cooperative task only with members of the own gender or in a mixed-gender team. We found that independent of the choice of team, in the initial period, men contributed significantly more to the team projects than women. Men preferred the successful men-only teams in the subsequent periods, resulting in significantly higher profits for men compared to women. This endogenously emerging “gender pay gap” only closed over time.

Keywords: gender differences; endogenously formed teams; cooperation; punishment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C C7 C70 C71 C72 C73 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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