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Choking under Pressure and Gender: Evidence from Professional Tennis

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  • Cohen-Zada, Danny

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    (Ben Gurion University)

  • Krumer, Alex

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    (University of St. Gallen)

  • Rosenboim, Mosi

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    (Ben Gurion University)

  • Shapir, Offer Moshe

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    (New York University Shanghai)

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    We exploit a unique setting in which two professionals compete in a real-life tennis contest with high monetary rewards in order to assess how men and women respond to competitive pressure. Comparing their performance in low-stakes versus high-stakes situations, we find that men consistently choke under competitive pressure, but with regard to women the results are mixed. Furthermore, even if women show a drop in performance in the more crucial stages of the match, it is in any event about 50% smaller than that of men. These findings are robust to different specifications and estimation strategies.

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    Length: 46 pages
    Date of creation: Feb 2017
    Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp10587
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