2009, English, Article, Report edition: Gender differences in risk behaviour: does nurture matter? Alison Booth; Patrick Nolen

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  • Report
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  • Centre for Economic Policy Research, 2009-02-16 00:00:00
Language
  • English

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Title
  • Gender differences in risk behaviour: does nurture matter?
Author
  • Alison Booth
  • Patrick Nolen
Published
  • Centre for Economic Policy Research, 2009-02-16 00:00:00
Physical Description
  • Report
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Date or Place
  • Australia
Summary
  • Women and men may differ in their propensity to choose a risky outcome because of innate preferences or because their innate preferences are modified by pressure to conform to gender-stereotypes. Single-sex environments are likely to modify students’ risk-taking preferences in economically important ways. To test this, the authors of this paper conducted a controlled experiment to give subjects an opportunity to choose a risky outcome – a real-stakes gamble with a higher expected monetary value than the alternative outcome with a certain payoff - and in which the sensitivity of observed risk choices to environmental factors could be explored. The results show that girls from single-sex schools are as likely to choose the real-stakes gamble as much as boys from either coed or single sex schools, and more likely than coed girls. Moreover, gender differences in preferences for risk-taking are sensitive to the gender mix of the experimental group, with girls being more likely to choose risky outcomes when assigned to all-girl groups. This suggests that observed gender differences in behaviour under uncertainty found in previous studies might reflect social learning rather than inherent gender traits.
Language
  • English
Identifier
  • oai:apo.org.au:168

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