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Gender and overconfidence: are girls really overconfident?

L. Dahlbom, A. Jakobsson, N. Jakobsson and Andreas Kotsadam ()
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Niklas Jakobsson ()

Applied Economics Letters, 2011, vol. 18, issue 4, 325-327

Abstract: 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.

Date: 2011
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DOI: 10.1080/13504851003670668

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