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The Effect of Information on Gender Differences in Competitiveness: Experimental Evidence

  • Seda Ertac


    (Koc University)

  • Balazs Szentes


    (London School of Economics)

An important line of recent literature has found gender differences in attitudes toward competition, with men being more likely to choose competitive incentive schemes, even when factors such as ability and risk aversion are controlled for. This paper examines the effect of information on the gender gap in tournament entry. We present experimental evidence that the competitiveness difference between men and women declines significantly when individuals are given performance feedback before making their incentive scheme choice. The result suggests that policies that reduce uncertainty can reduce the gender gap in tournament entry.

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Paper provided by Koc University-TUSIAD Economic Research Forum in its series Koç University-TUSIAD Economic Research Forum Working Papers with number 1104.

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Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2011
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Handle: RePEc:koc:wpaper:1104
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