Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Papers,
Lund University, Department of Economics

No 2000:1: Stereotypes, Sex Discrimination and Paranoia - an experimental study

Håkan Holm ()
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Håkan Holm: Department of Economics, Lund University, Postal: Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Lund University, Box 7082, S-220 07 Lund, Sweden

Abstract: We analyze results from two categories of experiments where the subjects received controlled signals about the sex of their co-players. In a series of Battle of the Sexes experiments the subjects played more hawkish against women than against men. The impact of the sex signal was most pronounced among female subjects. In the second category of experiments we develop a measure of discrimination effects. We then survey discrimination effects across 32 subject groups from Israel, Sweden, UK and USA. The results indicate discrimination against females in experimental bargaining. This discrimination behavior is significant among females but not among males.

Keywords: Sex discrimination; gender differences; bargaining; experiments; coordination

JEL-codes: C78; C91; J71

50 pages, First version: January 13, 2000. Revised: July 1, 2000. Earlier revisions: July 1, 2000.

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