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In Bloom: Gender Differences in Preferences among Adolescents

  • Dreber, Anna


    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics)

  • von Essen, Emma


    (Department of Economics, Stockholm University)

  • Ranehill, Eva


    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics)

We look at gender differences among adolescents in Sweden in preferences for altruism, risk and competition. We find that girls are more altruistic and less risk taking than boys. No gender differences are found comparing competitive performance with non-competitive performance in either a verbal or a mathematical task. Boys and girls are also equally likely to self-select into competition in the verbal task, but boys are significantly more likely to choose to compete in math. However, this gender gap diminishes and becomes non-significant when we control for performance beliefs relative to others, indicating that some of the gender gap in our sample is not due to preferences for competition per se.

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Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 734.

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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: 06 Apr 2011
Date of revision: 27 Jun 2012
Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0734
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