Gender Differences in Strategic Reasoning

19 Pages Posted: 15 May 2014

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Marcus Dittrich

Deggendorf Institute of Technology; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Kristina Leipold

Dresden University of Technology

Date Written: April 14, 2014

Abstract

This paper studies gender differences in strategic situations. In two experimental guessing games - the beauty contest and the 11-20 money request game - we analyze the depth of strategic reasoning of women and men. We use unique data from an internet experiment with more than 1,000 participants. We find that men, on average, perform more steps of reasoning than women. Our results also suggest that women behave more consistently across both games.

Keywords: gender differences, strategic reasoning, level-k, beauty contest, 11-20 money request game

JEL Classification: C720, C900, J160

Suggested Citation

Dittrich, Marcus and Leipold, Kristina, Gender Differences in Strategic Reasoning (April 14, 2014). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4763. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2436845

Marcus Dittrich (Contact Author)

Deggendorf Institute of Technology ( email )

Edlmairstra├če 6 und 8
Deggendorf, Bavaria 94469
Germany

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) ( email )

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

Kristina Leipold

Dresden University of Technology ( email )

Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
Dresden, 01062
Germany

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