Do talented women shy away from competition?

B. Hoyer, T. van Huizen, L. Keijzer, T. Rezai Khavas, S. Rosenkranz, Do Talented Women Shy Away from Competition?, 2016.

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We study the willingness to compete in a cognitive task among an entire cohort of fresh man business and economics students. Combining data from a lab-in-thefield experiment with university admissions data, we trace the gender gap in competitiveness at different levels of high school performance. Our results confirm that, on average, men choose to compete more often. The gender gap disappears, however, among students with above average high school performance. Female high school top performers are equally competitive as their male counterparts. In fact, the overall gender gap is entirely driven by the group of female high school underperformers who shied away from competition, even when they performed well in our task. Overall, our findings suggest that high school grades are more than just a signal of cognitive abilities, because they seem to influence the receivers selfperception of his or her performance in a competitive environment involved in later on in life.
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Hoyer B, van Huizen T, Keijzer L, Rezai Khavas T, Rosenkranz S. Do Talented Women Shy Away from Competition?; 2016.
Hoyer, B., van Huizen, T., Keijzer, L., Rezai Khavas, T., & Rosenkranz, S. (2016). Do talented women shy away from competition? (Vol. 16–06).
@book{Hoyer_van Huizen_Keijzer_Rezai Khavas_Rosenkranz_2016, series={TKI Working Paper Series}, title={Do talented women shy away from competition?}, volume={16-06}, author={Hoyer, Britta and van Huizen, Tomas and Keijzer, Linda and Rezai Khavas, Tahere and Rosenkranz, Stephanie}, year={2016}, collection={TKI Working Paper Series}}
Hoyer, Britta, Tomas van Huizen, Linda Keijzer, Tahere Rezai Khavas, and Stephanie Rosenkranz. Do Talented Women Shy Away from Competition? Vol. 16–06. TKI Working Paper Series, 2016.
B. Hoyer, T. van Huizen, L. Keijzer, T. Rezai Khavas, and S. Rosenkranz, Do talented women shy away from competition?, vol. 16–06. 2016.
Hoyer, Britta et al. Do Talented Women Shy Away from Competition? Vol. 16–06. N.p., 2016. Print. TKI Working Paper Series.
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