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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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  • Lindquist, Gabriella Sjögren & Säve-Söderbergh, Jenny, 2011. ""Girls will be Girls", especially among Boys: Risk-taking in the "Daily Double" on Jeopardy," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 112(2), pages 158-160, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:112:y:2011:i:2:p:158-160
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