May 2007

IZA DP No. 2794: Gender and Self-Selection Into a Competitive Environment: Are Women More Overconfident Than Men?

published in: Economics Letters, 2008, 100(3), 405-407

Using a large running race in Sweden, this study shows that there are male-dominated environments in which the selection of women who participate are more likely to be confident/competitive and that, within this group, performance improves equally for both genders.