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Do Men and Women Respond Differently to Competition? Evidence from a Major Education Reform*

Louis-Philippe Morin ()

No E1305E, Working Papers from University of Ottawa, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper provides new evidence of gender differences in response to increased competition, focusing on important life tasks performed in a regular social environment. The analysis takes advantage of a major education reform in Ontario that exogenously increased competition for university grades. Comparing students pre- and post-reform using rich administrative data, I find that male average grades and the proportion of male students graduating `on time' increased relative to females. Further, the evidence indicates that these changes were due to increased relative effort rather than self-selection. The findings have implications for the delivery of education and incentive provision more generally

Keywords: competition; gender differences; higher education; performance; selection (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J16 I21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2013
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