Gender differences in competition: Evidence from a matrilineal and a patriarchal society
Kenneth Leonard () and
John List ()
Artefactual Field Experiments from The Field Experiments Website
This study uses a controlled experiment to explore whether there are gender differences in selecting into competitive environments across two distinct societies: the Maasai in Tanzania and the Khasi in India. One unique aspect of these societies is that the Maasai represent a textbook example of a patriarchal society whereas the Khasi are matrilineal. Similar to the extant evidence drawn from experiments executed in Western cultures, Maasai men opt to compete at roughly twice the rate as Maasai women. Interestingly, this result is reversed amongst the Khasi, where women choose the competitive environment more often than Khasi men, and even choose to compete weakly more often than Maasai men. We view these results as potentially providing insights into the underpinnings of the factors hypothesized to be determinants of the observed gender differences in selecting into competitive environments.
References: View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (399) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
Journal Article: Gender Differences in Competition: Evidence From a Matrilineal and a Patriarchal Society (2009)
Working Paper: Gender Differences in Competition: Evidence from a Matrilineal and a Patriarchal Society (2008)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:feb:artefa:00049
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in Artefactual Field Experiments from The Field Experiments Website
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Joe Seidel ().