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Gender and Overconfidence

  • Bengtsson, Claes


    (Department of Economics, Stockholm University)

  • Persson, Mats


    (Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University)

  • Willenhag, Peter


    (Department of Economics, Stockholm University)

Do males differ from females in terms of self-confidence? The structure of the Economics I exam at Stockholm University provides an opportunity to shed some light on this question. By answering an extra, optional question, the students can aim for a higher mark. We find a clear gender difference in that male students are more inclined than female students to take this opportunity. This difference in selfassessment is more pronounced among younger than among older students.

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Paper provided by Stockholm University, Institute for International Economic Studies in its series Seminar Papers with number 730.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jun 2004
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:iiessp:0730
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  2. Bengtsson, Claes & Persson, Mats & Willenhag, Peter, 2005. "Gender and overconfidence," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 86(2), pages 199-203, February.
  3. McNabb, Robert & Pal, Sarmistha & Sloane, Peter, 2002. "Gender Differences in Educational Attainment: The Case of University Students in England and Wales," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 69(275), pages 481-503, August.
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