Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Research Papers in Economics,
Stockholm University, Department of Economics

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 ()
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Lena Nekby: Dept. of Economics, Stockholm University, Postal: Department of Economics, Stockholm University, S-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
Peter Skogman Thoursie: Dept. of Economics, Stockholm University, Postal: Department of Economics, Stockholm University, S-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
Lars Vahtrik: Dept. of Economics, Stockholm University, Postal: Department of Economics, Stockholm University, S-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden

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

JEL-codes: J16; J20; J71

6 pages, May 8, 2007

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