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Gender Pairings and Accountability Effect

  • Jordi Brandts

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  • Orsola Garofalo

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We conduct an experiment to investigate how the gender composition of an audience interacts with the gender of a player thereby shaping her/his degree of responsibility in decision-making. Together with measures of accountability based on decision theory, we employ two physiological measures, the blood pressure and heart rate, that allow us to disentangle the separate effects of stress and accountability in decisionmaking. Our results show that men are more sensitive to changes in the gender composition of the audience; specifically, men lower their accountability when paired with women. By contrast, women display a level of accountability that does not change with gender pairing.

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Paper provided by University of Siena in its series Labsi Experimental Economics Laboratory University of Siena with number 034.

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