Does Competitive Experience Affect Gender Difference in Economic Preference and Academic Performance?

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Yi Lu

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Department of Economics

Xinzheng Shi

Tsinghua University - School of Economics & Management

Songfa Zhong

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Department of Economics

Date Written: December 2015

Abstract

This study examines whether competitive experience affects gender difference in the economic preference and academic performance. By utilizing the provincial differences in college admission rates as an indication of competitive experience for students, we assess the effects on risk preference, trust preference, and academic performance. We find that after experiencing more competitive environment, females are more risk averse and less trustful, and perform better in more competitive environment, compared with their male counterparts. Our study suggests that observed gender differences may partially reflect the effects of schooling environment rather than inherent gender traits.

Keywords: competition, risk, trust, gender difference

JEL Classification: D03, J16

Suggested Citation

Lu, Yi and Shi, Xinzheng and Zhong, Songfa, Does Competitive Experience Affect Gender Difference in Economic Preference and Academic Performance? (December 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2717473 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2717473

Yi Lu

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Xinzheng Shi

Tsinghua University - School of Economics & Management ( email )

Beijing, 100084
China

Songfa Zhong (Contact Author)

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Department of Economics ( email )

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Singapore 117570, Singapore 119077
Singapore

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