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ONLINE – Applied Micro Workshop – Thomas Buser, “The origins of the gender gap in competitiveness: Causal evidence from a mentoring intervention”

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Thomas Buser, Armin Falk, and Fabian Kosse: “The origins of the gender gap in competitiveness: Causal evidence from a mentoring intervention” Competitiveness predicts individual and gender differences in education and labor market outcomes. We explore the link between the social environment at a young age and individual and gender differences in competitiveness. First, we document how the competitiveness of teenagers varies across several dimensions of socioeconomics status (SES) and with the competitive preferences of their mothers. Second, we provide causal evidence for the social origins of the gender gap in competitiveness by estimating the impact of a randomized mentoring intervention that enriches the home environment of low-SES children and provides them with a role model. We are particularly interested in whether providing low-SES girls with a female role model increases their willingness to compete. We find that girls living in single-parent households and girls with mothers who avoid competition are significantly less competitive compared to high-SES girls. The randomized intervention increases the competitiveness of girls but not not boys, significantly reducing the gender gap. The treatment effect is strongest for girls with single mothers and mothers who avoid competition.

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When May 26, 2020
from 16:00 to 17:30
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