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Gender Interaction in Teams: Experimental Evidence on Performance and Punishment Behavior

SeEun Jung () and Radu Vranceanu ()

Korean Economic Review, 2017, vol. 33, 95-126

Abstract: This paper reports the results from an experiment where men and women are paired to form a two-member team and asked to execute a counting task. An individual’s payoff is proportional to the joint production of right answers. Participants who perform better than their partner in the task can punish him or her by imposing a fine. We manipulate the pairs’ gender compositions to analyze whether an individual’s performance and sanctioning behavior depend on his or her gender and the gender of his or her partner, which is revealed to the subjects at the beginning of the experiment. The data show that, conditional on underperformance, women are sanctioned more often and more heavily than men; however, if they are sanctioned, men tend to improve their performances, while women’s performances do not change.

Keywords: Gender; Real-effort task; Team production; Performance; Punishment; Discrimination (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: M52 J16 C91 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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