Endogenously Emerging Gender Diversity in an Experimental Team Work Setting

Posted: 2 Feb 2017

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Özgür Gürerk

University of Erfurt - Economics, Law, and Social Sciences

Bernd Irlenbusch

University of Cologne

Bettina Rockenbach

University of Cologne

Date Written: January 30, 2017

Abstract

We study gender diversity and performance in endogenously formed teams in a repeated work setting. Participants can choose whether to perform a cooperation task only with members of the own gender or in a mixed-gender team. We find that independent of the team choice, in the initial periods, men contribute significantly more to the team projects than women. This induces men to prefer the successful men-only teams in the subsequent periods, resulting in significantly higher profits for men compared to women. Only over time, this endogenously emerged “gender profit gap” closes.

Keywords: Gender Differences, Endogenously Formed Teams, Cooperation, Punishment

JEL Classification: C92, J71, M54

Suggested Citation

Gürerk, Özgür and Irlenbusch, Bernd and Rockenbach, Bettina, Endogenously Emerging Gender Diversity in an Experimental Team Work Setting (January 30, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2909065 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2909065

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Bernd Irlenbusch

University of Cologne ( email )

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Bettina Rockenbach

University of Cologne ( email )

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