Gender and competition at a young age

  title={Gender and competition at a young age},
  author={Uri Gneezy and Aldo Rustichini},
  journal={The American Economic Review},
Gender gaps may be observed in a variety of economic and social environments. One of the possible determining factors is that men are more competitive than women and so, when the competitiveness of the environment increases, the performance of men increases relative to that of women. We test this hypothesis in a field study conducted with 9-year old children, running on a track. They first run alone and then in pairs over a short distance with different gender composition of the pairs. The… 

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