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Experimental estimates of men's and women's willingness to compete: Does the gender of the partner matter?

SeEun Jung () and Radu Vranceanu ()

No 2017-5, Inha University IBER Working Paper Series from Inha University, Institute of Business and Economic Research

Abstract: In a classical experiment, Niederle and Vesterlund (2007) used the dichotomous choice of individuals between a piece rate and a tournament payment scheme as an indication of their propensity to compete. This paper reports results from a two person interaction of a similar type to analyze whether the preference for competition is dependent on the gender of the partner. It introduces a Becker-DeGroot-Marschak mechanism to elicit individual willingness to compete (WTC), defined as the amount of money that makes an individual indifferent between the two compensation schemes. Even when controlling for risk aversion, past performance and over-confidence, the male WTC is e3.30 larger than the female WTC. The WTC instrument allows for a more precise analysis of the impact of the partner's gender on the taste for competition. WTC data confirm that in this experiment the partner's gender has not a significant impact on the propensity to compete.

Keywords: Willingness to Compete; Gender; BDM mechanism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 D03 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 37 pages
Date: 2017-07, Revised 2017-07
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-exp, nep-gen, nep-lab, nep-spo and nep-upt
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