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WHEN SHOULD I QUIT? GENDER DIFFERENCES IN EXITING COMPETITIONS

WHEN SHOULD I QUIT? GENDER DIFFERENCES IN EXITING COMPETITIONS

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization

We study gender differences in exiting competitive environments by exploiting the “naturalistic experiment” of a TV game show where participants were self-selected and there were no gender-specific constraints or discrimination. In multiple rounds, contestants answer general knowledge questions privately. One participant is eliminated or leaves voluntarily at the end of each round. Women earn 40% less than men and exit the game prematurely at a faster rate, but especially when in a minority. This latter result highlights the importance of structural arrangements in organizations that interact with behavior to maintain “glass ceilings” and explains the differential gender-related risk attitudes observed.

 

Keywords: competition; gender differences; glass ceilings; minority behaviors; discrimination.

JEL classification codes: C93, D03, J16, J71.

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Categories: Behavioral Econ.
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