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Competition Between and Within Universities: Theoretical and Experimental Investigation of Group Identity and the Desire to Win

Zhuoqiong Chen, David Ong and Roman Sheremeta ()

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: We study how salient group identity, created through competition between students from different universities, as well as differences in the value of winning impact competitive behavior. Our experiment employs a simple all-pay auction within and between two university subject pools. We find that when competing against their peers, students within the lower tier university bid more aggressively than students within the top-tier university. Also, students from the lower tier university, in particular women, bid more aggressively when competing against students from the top-tier university. These findings, interpreted through a theoretical model incorporating both group identity and differential value of winning, suggest that students at the lower tier university have a stronger group identity as well as higher desire to win.

Keywords: experiments; all-pay auction; competitiveness; group identity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 D03 J7 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-cse, nep-edu and nep-exp
Date: 2015-10-21
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