Gender and overconfidence: are girls really overconfident?
N. Jakobsson and
Andreas Kotsadam ()
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Niklas Jakobsson ()
Applied Economics Letters, 2011, vol. 18, issue 4, 325-327
Previous research finds that people are overconfident and that men are more overconfident than women. Using a very precise confidence measure, this article shows, however, that whereas boys are overconfident, girls are actually underconfident regarding their mathematics performance. We conducted a survey where 14-year-old high school students were asked what grade they thought they would get in a mathematics test a week later. These results were then compared with their actual grade. Boys were overconfident about their grades, whereas girls were underconfident.
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