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Gender and Overconfidence

Claes Bengtsson (), Mats Persson and Peter Willenhag ()
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Claes Bengtsson: Department of Economics, Stockholm University, Postal: Department of Economics , Stockholm University , 106 91 Stockholm , Sweden
Peter Willenhag: Department of Economics, Stockholm University, Postal: Department of Economics , Stockholm University , 106 91 Stockholm , Sweden

No 730, Seminar Papers from Stockholm University, Institute for International Economic Studies

Abstract: Do males differ from females in terms of self-confidence? The structure of the Economics I exam at Stockholm University provides an opportunity to shed some light on this question. By answering an extra, optional question, the students can aim for a higher mark. We find a clear gender difference in that male students are more inclined than female students to take this opportunity. This difference in selfassessment is more pronounced among younger than among older students.

Keywords: Overconfidence; gender differences; exam behavior; exam results (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A20 J16 J20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 14 pages
Date: 2004-06-01
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