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"Girls will be Girls", especially among Boys: Risk-taking in the "Daily Double" on Jeopardy

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  • Lindquist, Gabriella Sjögren
  • Säve-Söderbergh, Jenny

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Exploiting a natural experiment in Jeopardy we find that, despite no strategic gain, females switch to a more conservative wagering if playing against men only. Our findings complement experimental findings highlighting how gender differences in risk-taking can be socially driven.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 112 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 (August)
Pages: 158-160

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:112:y:2011:i:2:p:158-160

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Keywords: Risk preferences Gender of opponent Game-show data Natural experiment Competitiveness;

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Cited by:
  1. Julie A. Nelson, 2011. "11-03 "Would Women Leaders Have Prevented the Global Financial Crisis? Implications for Teaching about Gender, Behavior, and Economics"," GDAE Working Papers 11-03, GDAE, Tufts University.
  2. Julie A. Nelson, 2012. "Are Women Really More Risk-Averse than Men?," GDAE Working Papers 12-05, GDAE, Tufts University.
  3. Barasinska, Nataliya & Schäfer, Dorothea, 2013. "Is the willingness to take financial risk a sex-linked trait? Evidence from national surveys of household finance," Discussion Papers 05/2013, Deutsche Bundesbank, Research Centre.
  4. Marco Castillo & Gregory Leo & Ragan Petrie, 2013. "Room Effects," Working Papers 1040, George Mason University, Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science, revised Apr 2013.
  5. Jenny Säve-Söderbergh & Gabriella Sjögren Lindquist, 2014. "Children Do Not Behave Like Adults: Gender Gaps in Performance and Risk Taking within a Random Social Context in the High-StakesGame Shows Jeopardy and Junior Jeopardy," CESifo Working Paper Series 4595, CESifo Group Munich.
  6. Brink, Siegrun & Kriwoluzky, Silke & Bijedic, Teita & Ettl, Kerstin & Welter, Friederike, 2014. "Gender, Innovation und Unternehmensentwicklung," IfM-Materialien 228, Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (IfM) Bonn.

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