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Keep Calm and Carry On: Gender differences in Endurance

Della Giusta, Marina and Clot, Sophie and Di Girolamo, Amalia (2019): Keep Calm and Carry On: Gender differences in Endurance.

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Abstract

We investigate endurance, the capacity to maintain levels of performance through internal rather than external motivation in non-rewarding tasks and over sequences of tasks, though a lab experiment. The significant driver of performance is payment scheme order for women and payment schemes for men. Both women and men respond to social cues, through increased intrinsic motivation (ambition) for women and through extrinsic motivation (competition) for men. We suggest implications for reward schemes in the workplace and for selection into executive positions.

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