The Emergence of Male Leadership in Competitive Environments
AbstractWe present evidence from an experiment in which groups select a leader to compete against the leaders of other groups in a real-effort task that they have all performed in the past. We find that women are selected much less often as leaders than is suggested by their individual past performance. We study three potential explanations for the underrepresentation of women, namely, gender differences in overconfidence concerning past performance, in the willingness to exaggerate past performance to the group, and in the reaction to monetary incentives. We find that men’s overconfidence is the driving force behind the observed prevalence of male representation.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5300.
Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2010
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2012, 83 (1), 111-117
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- Reuben, Ernesto & Rey-Biel, Pedro & Sapienza, Paola & Zingales, Luigi, 2012. "The emergence of male leadership in competitive environments," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 83(1), pages 111-117.
- J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing
- D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics; Underlying Principles
- C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2010-11-27 (All new papers)
- NEP-EXP-2010-11-27 (Experimental Economics)
- NEP-LTV-2010-11-27 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
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