Seminar Papers, Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University
Gender and Overconfidence
(), Mats Persson
() and Peter Willenhag
Abstract: Do males differ from females in terms of self-confidence?
The structure of the Economics I exam at Stockholm University provides an
opportunity to shed some light on this question. By answering an extra,
optional question, the students can aim for a higher mark. We find a clear
gender difference in that male students are more inclined than female
students to take this opportunity. This difference in selfassessment is
more pronounced among younger than among older students.
Keywords: Overconfidence; gender differences; exam behavior; exam results; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: A20; J16; J20; (follow links to similar papers)
14 pages, June 1, 2004
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