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Can Risk-taking Preferences be Modified? Some Experimental Evidence

Booth, AL and Nolen, PJ (2014) 'Can Risk-taking Preferences be Modified? Some Experimental Evidence.' CESifo Economic Studies, 61 (1). pp. 7-32. ISSN 1610-241X

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We summarize our two sets of controlled experiments designed to see whether single-sex classes within co-educational environments modify students' risk-taking attitudes. In Booth and Nolen (2012b), subjects are in school years 10 and 11, while in Booth et al. (2014), they are first-year university students randomly assigned to single-sex and co-educational classes. Both studies show that while on average females are significantly less likely than men to make risky choices, on exposure to single-sex environments they behave the same as the males. Thus, part of the observed gender difference in behaviour under uncertainty found in previous studies might reflect social learning rather than inherent gender traits.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender risk preferences single-sex groups cognitive ability
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2015 12:18
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:18

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