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Gender Differences in Sabotage: The Role of Uncertainty and Beliefs

Simon Dato and Petra Nieken

No 7315, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo Group Munich

Abstract: We study gender differences in relation to performance and sabotage in competitions. While we find no systematic gender differences in performance in the real effort task, we observe a strong gender gap in sabotage choices in our experiment. This gap is rooted in the uncertainty about the opponent's sabotage: in the absence of information about the opponent's sabotage choice, males expect to suffer from sabotage to a higher degree than females and choose higher sabotage levels themselves. If beliefs are exogenously aligned by implementing sabotage via strategy method, the gender gap in sabotage choices disappears. Moreover, providing a noisy signal about the sabotage level from which subjects might suffer leads to an endogenous alignment of beliefs and eliminates the gender gap in sabotage.

Keywords: gender; sabotage; tournament; belief formation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J16 M12 C91 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-exp, nep-gen and nep-hrm
Date: 2018
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