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Gender Differences Disappear with Exposure to Competition

Christopher Cotton, Frank McIntyre () and Joseph Price
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Frank McIntyre: Department of Economics, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602

No 2010-11, Working Papers from University of Miami, Department of Economics

Abstract: Past research nds that males outperform females in competitive situations. Using data from multiple-round math tournaments, we verify this nding during the initial round of competition. The performance gap between males and females, however, disappears after the rst round. In later rounds, only math ability (not gender) serves as a signi cant predictor of performance. Several possible explanations are discussed. The results suggest that we should be cautious about using data from one-round experiments to generalize about behavior.

Keywords: Competitiveness; Gender Differences; Field Experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 J16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 17 pages
Date: 2009-09
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-exp, nep-lab and nep-spo
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