Gender, Competition and the Efficiency of Policy Intervention
Loukas Balafoutas () and
Matthias Sutter ()
No 450, Working Papers in Economics from University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics
Recent research has shown that women shy away from competition more often than men. We evaluate experimentally three alternative policy interventions to promote women in competitions: Quotas, Preferential Treatment, and Repetition of the Competition unless a critical number of female winners is reached. We find that Quotas and Preferential Treatment encourage women to compete significantly more often than in a control treatment, while efficiency in selecting the best candidates as winners is not worse. The level of cooperation in a post-competition teamwork task is even higher with successful policy interventions. Hence, policy measures promoting women can have a double dividend.
Keywords: Competition; gender gap; experiment; affirmative action; teamwork; coordination (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 D03 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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