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Gender, Social Networks and Performance

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  • Ilse Lindenlaub

    (Yale University)

  • Anja Prummer

    (Queen Mary University of London)

Abstract

This paper documents gender differences in social ties and develops a theory that links them to disparities in men's and women's labor market performance. Men's networks lead to better access to information, women's to higher peer pressure. Both affect effort in a model of teams, each beneficial in different environments. We find that information is particularly valuable under high uncertainty, whereas peer pressure is more valuable in the opposite case. We therefore expect men to outperform women in jobs that are characterised by high earnings uncertainty, such as the financial sector or film industry - in line with the evidence.

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  • Ilse Lindenlaub & Anja Prummer, 2016. "Gender, Social Networks and Performance," Working Papers 807, Queen Mary University of London, School of Economics and Finance.
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    1. Lorenzo Ductor & Sanjeev Goyal & Anja Prummer, 2018. "Gender & Collaboration," Working Papers 856, Queen Mary University of London, School of Economics and Finance.

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    Keywords

    Networks; Peer pressure; Gender; Labour market outcomes;

    JEL classification:

    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General
    • D02 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Institutions: Design, Formation, Operations, and Impact

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