Wozniak, David and Harbaugh, William T. and Mayr, Ulrich (2009): The Menstrual Cycle and Performance Feedback Alter Gender Differences in Competitive Choices.
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We use a within-subjects experiment with math and word tasks to show that feedback about relative performance moves high ability females towards more competitive forms of compensation such as tournaments, moves low ability men towards piece rate and group pay, and eliminates gender differences in choices. We also examine choices for females across the menstrual cycle, and find that women in the high-hormone phase are more willing to compete than women in the low phase, though somewhat less willing to compete than men. There are no significant differences between the choices of these groups after they receive relative performance feedback.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||The Menstrual Cycle and Performance Feedback Alter Gender Differences in Competitive Choices|
|Keywords:||Competition; Hormones; Gender; Menstrual cycle; Information; Performance feedback; Competitive environments; Gender differences|
|Subjects:||D - Microeconomics > D0 - General
D - Microeconomics > D8 - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty > D80 - General
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C9 - Design of Experiments > C91 - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
|Depositing User:||David Wozniak|
|Date Deposited:||10. Jun 2011 16:53|
|Last Modified:||14. Feb 2013 16:11|
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