Archive for April 16th, 2013

The other I came across this article by Gneezy, Niederle and Rustichini, published in The Quarterly Journal of Economics in 2003. The authors use experimental data to explore male-female performance differences in competitive environments.

Performance in Competitive Environments: Gender Differences

Large gender differences prevail in competitive high-ranking positions. Suggested explanations include discrimination and differences in preferences and human capital. In this paper we present experimental evidence in support of an additional factor: women may be less effective than men in competitive environments, even if they are able to perform similarly in noncompetitive environments. In a laboratory experiment we observe, as we increase the competitiveness of the environment, a significant increase in performance for men, but not for women.

One may wonder if this kind of research has been taken into account in the German parliament during recent talks about a gender quota

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