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Understanding Gender Differences in Leadership

Alan, Sule and Ertac, Seda and Kubilay, Elif and Loranth, Gyongyi (2020) 'Understanding Gender Differences in Leadership.' The Economic Journal, 130 (626). 263 - 289. ISSN 0013-0133

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Using data from a large-scale field experiment, we show that while there is no gender difference in the willingness to make risky decisions on behalf of a group in a sample of children, a large gap emerges in a sample of adolescents. The proportion of girls who exhibit leadership willingness drops by 39% going from childhood to adolescence. We explore the possible factors behind this drop and find that it is largely associated with a dramatic decline in “social confidence”, measured by the willingness to perform a real effort task in public.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: leadership; gender; risk taking; social confidence; experiments
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2019 16:20
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 09:15

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