Gender Differences in Market Competitiveness in a Real Workplace: Evidence from Performance‐Based Pay Tournaments Among Teachers

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Victor Lavy

University of Warwick - Department of Economics; Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: June 2013

Abstract

Recent laboratory and field experiments suggest that women are less effective than men in a competitive environment. I examine how teachers’ performance is affected by a competitive environment and its gender mix. Teachers participated in a tournament that provided cash bonuses based on test performance of their classes. I find no evidence of gender differences in performance under competition in any gender mix environment, or in teachers’ knowledge of the programme and in effort and teaching methods. Women, however, were more pessimistic about the effectiveness of teachers’ performance pay and more realistic than men about their likelihood of winning bonuses.

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Lavy, Victor, Gender Differences in Market Competitiveness in a Real Workplace: Evidence from Performance‐Based Pay Tournaments Among Teachers (June 2013). The Economic Journal, Vol. 123, Issue 569, pp. 540-573, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2276331 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0297.2012.02542.x

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