Evidence on Self-Stereotyping and the Contribution of Ideas

  title={Evidence on Self-Stereotyping and the Contribution of Ideas},
  author={K. Coffman},
  journal={Quarterly Journal of Economics},
  • K. Coffman
  • Published 2014
  • Economics
  • Quarterly Journal of Economics
  • We use a lab experiment to explore the factors that predict an individual’s decision to contribute her idea to a group. We find that contribution decisions depend on the interaction of gender and the gender stereotype associated with the decision-making domain: conditional on measured ability, individuals are less willing to contribute ideas in areas that are stereotypically outside of their gender’s domain. Importantly, these decisions are largely driven by self-assessments, rather than fear… CONTINUE READING
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