Beauty Queens and Battling Knights: Risk Taking and Attractiveness in Chess

38 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2010

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Anna Dreber

Stockholm School of Economics - Department of Economics

Christer Gerdes

Stockholm University - Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI)

Patrik Gransmark

Stockholm University - Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI)

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Abstract

We explore the relationship between attractiveness and risk taking in chess. We use a large international panel dataset on chess competitions which includes a control for the players' skill in chess. This data is combined with results from a survey on an online labor market where participants were asked to rate the photos of 626 expert chess players according to attractiveness. Our results suggest that male chess players choose significantly riskier strategies when playing against an attractive female opponent, even though this does not improve their performance. Women's strategies are not affected by the attractiveness of the opponent.

Keywords: risk taking, attractiveness, chess, gender differences

JEL Classification: D03, J16

Suggested Citation

Dreber, Anna and Gerdes, Christer and Gransmark, Patrik, Beauty Queens and Battling Knights: Risk Taking and Attractiveness in Chess. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5314. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1708760

Anna Dreber (Contact Author)

Stockholm School of Economics - Department of Economics ( email )

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Christer Gerdes

Stockholm University - Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) ( email )

Kyrkgatan 43B
SE-106 91 Stockholm
Sweden

Patrik Gransmark

Stockholm University - Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) ( email )

Kyrkgatan 43B
SE-106 91 Stockholm
Sweden

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