2017

No Gender Difference in Willingness to Compete When Competing against Self

Reprint No. 2017:74

Author(s): Coren L. Apicella, Elif E. Demiral and Johanna MöllerströmYear: 2017 Title: American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings Volume (No.): 107 (5) Pages: 136–140
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We report on two experiments investigating whether there is a gender difference in the willingness to compete against oneself (self-competition), similar to what is found when competing against others (other-competition). In one laboratory and one online market experiment, involving a total of 1,200 participants, we replicate the gender-gap in willingness to other-compete but find no evidence of a gender difference in the willingness to self-compete. We explore the roles of risk and confidence and suggest that these factors can account for the different findings. Finally, we document that self-competition does no worse than other-competition in terms of performance boosting.


Reference:
Apicella, Coren, Elif E. Demiral and Johanna Möllerström (2017), "No Gender Difference in Willingness to Compete When Competing against Self". American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings 107(5), 136–140.

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