Gender Response to Competitive Outcomes
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The study will measure the level of competitiveness and related variables such as ability, confidence levels, and risk attitudes between genders. The measure of competitiveness comes from a robust laboratory design from Niederle & Vesterlund (2007) which consists of multiple stages of a simple math test. Subjects take a test which is paid according to a piece-rate system. Then, they take a similar test in which the payment is a tournament style winner-take-all system. Next, they choose which payment system they would like in the third round of the test, which provides the measure of competitiveness net of the previously mentioned related variables.
I introduce an exogenous variation to the standard competition study procedure after this stage to measure the effect of the level of competition on performance during competition. Students in the class are matched against a group of students from another class which is ranked higher or lower than their class, based on Malaysia’s system of ranking students into different classes. In this fourth stage, subjects face competitors of different academic abilities than themselves. I measure the difference in effort and performance compared with when competing against their own classmates.
The study results will provide guidance on possible factors related to competitiveness that may play a role in choices to enter into competitive environments, such as academic tracks or types of occupations.