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Department of Economics, Stockholm University Research Papers in Economics, Department of Economics, Stockholm University

No 2007:3:
Gender and Self-Selection Into a Competitive Environment: Are Women More Overconfident Than Men?

Lena Nekby (), Peter Skogman Thoursie () and Lars Vahtrik ()

Abstract: Using a large running race in Sweden, this study shows that there are male-dominated environments in which the selection of women who participate are more likely to be confident/competitive and that, within this group, performance improves equally for both genders.

Keywords: Overconfidence; Competitiveness; Gender Differences; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: J16; J20; J71; (follow links to similar papers)

6 pages, May 8, 2007

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