Do Women Prefer a Co-operative Work Environment?

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IZA Seminar

Place: Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 9, 53113 Bonn

Date: 10.05.2012, 12:15 - 13:30


Presentation by 

Peter J. Kuhn (University of California, Santa Barbara)


We conduct a real-effort experiment where participants choose between individual compensation and team-based pay. We find that women are more likely than men to select team-based compensation in our baseline treatment, but women and men join teams with equal frequency when we add an efficiency advantage to team production. Using a simple structural framework to reconcile these facts, we show that three elements can account for the observed patterns: (1) a gender gap in overconfidence, (2) a greater responsiveness among men to instrumental reasons for joining teams, and (3) a greater “pure” preference for the team environment among women.

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