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Gender Differences in Risk-Taking: Evidence from Professional Basketball

René Böheim (), Christoph Freudenthaler and Mario Lackner ()
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Rafael Muñoz de Bustillo, José Ignacio Antón () and Francisco Javier Braña

No 2016-07, Economics working papers from Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Abstract: We analyze gender differences in risk-taking in high-pressure situations. Using novel data from professional athletes (NBA and WNBA), we find that male teams increase their risktaking towards the end of matches when a successful risky strategy could secure winning the match. Female teams, in contrast, reduce their risk-taking in these situations. The less time left in a match, the larger is the gap. When the costs of an unsuccessful risky strategy are very large (losing the tournament), we find no increase in risk-taking for male teams.

Keywords: Risk-taking; gender differences; tournament incentives (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D81 J16 L83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2016-06
Note: English
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