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Gender differences in competition emerge early in life

  • Matthias Sutter

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  • Daniela R?tzler

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We study gender differences in the willingness to compete in a large-scale experiment with 1,035 children and teenagers, aged three to eighteen years. Using an easy math task for children older than eight years and a running task for the younger ones we find that boys are much more likely to enter a tournament than girls across the whole age spectrum considered here. This gender gap is observed already with three-year olds, indicating that gender differences in competitiveness emerge very early in life. The gap is robust to controlling for gender differences in risk attitudes and overconfidence.

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Paper provided by Faculty of Economics and Statistics, University of Innsbruck in its series Working Papers with number 2010-14.

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