Team Production, Gender Diversity, and Male Courtship Behavior

19 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2015

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Ferdinand von Siemens

Goethe University Frankfurt; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: March 31, 2015

Abstract

This theoretical paper explores the impact of gender diversity on team production. The key assumption is that men derive utility from signaling high ability to female colleagues. The analysis shows that some gender diversity maximizes expected team production if (i) men and women have similar expected ability, and (ii) monetary incentives to exert effort are not too strong. The study generates important and testable economic implications: the presence of women changes the behavior of male team members, gender diversity has the biggest effects in young teams, and monetary incentives crowd-out the impact of gender diversity.

Keywords: team production, gender diversity, male courtship behavior

JEL Classification: D020, D030, D230, D820, L230, M500

Suggested Citation

von Siemens, Ferdinand, Team Production, Gender Diversity, and Male Courtship Behavior (March 31, 2015). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 5259. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2592296

Ferdinand Von Siemens (Contact Author)

Goethe University Frankfurt ( email )

Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
Gr├╝neburgplatz 1
Frankfurt am Main, 60323
Germany

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

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

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