Leadership and Gender: An Experiment
AbstractWe present an information based model of leadership in a setting that exhibits the familiar problems of free riding and coordination failure. Leaders have superior information about the value of the project in hand and can send a costly signal to their uninformed followers to persuade them to cooperate in the project. Followers voluntarily choose whether or not to follow the better informed leader. We provide experimental evidence that, when the leadersï¿½ gender is revealed to their followers, female subjects hesitate to lead (send a costly signal) while followersï¿½ behavior does not indicate any gender discrimination. Such behavior is not observed among the male leaders.
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Leadership; Information; Gender; Free Riding; Coordination Problem;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
- H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
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- NEP-ALL-2008-03-25 (All new papers)
- NEP-CBE-2008-03-25 (Cognitive & Behavioural Economics)
- NEP-EXP-2008-03-25 (Experimental Economics)
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