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Are Men Really More Overconfident than Women? - A Natural Field Experiment on Exam Behavior

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  • Johansson Stenman, Olof

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

  • Nordblom, Katarina

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

Abstract

This paper reports from a simple natural field experiment based on an eco-nomics exam. Part of the exam consisted of 30 multiple choice questions, where the students obtained 1 point per correct answer while 1 point was deducted for each in-correct answer. We find no significant gender differences in overconfidence, irrespec-tive of how we measure it, i.e., whether we regard the number of questions answered, the number of questions answered incorrectly or the answering patterns for the most difficult questions. Hence, the data provides no support for the frequently proposed hypothesis that men are more overconfident than women.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 461.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 03 Aug 2010
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0461

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Keywords: overconfidence; gender differences; exam behavior; field experiment;

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  1. Ludwig, Sandra & Thoma, Carmen, 2012. "Do Women Have More Shame than Men? An Experiment on Self-Assessment and the Shame of Overestimating Oneself," Discussion Papers in Economics 12905, University of Munich, Department of Economics.

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