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Do male managers increase risk-taking of female teams? Evidence from the NCAA

René Böheim (), Christoph Freudenthaler () and Mario Lackner ()

No 281, Department of Economics Working Paper Series from WU Vienna University of Economics and Business

Abstract: We analyze the effect of the coach's gender on risk-taking in women sports teams using data taken from National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball games. We find that the coach's gender has a sizable and significant effect on risk-taking, a finding that is robust to several empirical strategies, including an instrumental variable approach. In particular, we find that risk-taking among teams with a male head coach is 5 percentage points greater than that in teams with a female head coach. This gap is persistent over time and across intermediate game standings. The fact that risk-taking has a significantly positive effect on game success suggests that female coaches should be more risk-taking.

Keywords: Corporate risk-taking; gender difference; success (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-03
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