Simon Says: Examining Gender Differences in Advice Seeking and Influence in the Lab
39 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2018 Last revised: 18 Apr 2019
Date Written: April 8, 2019
This paper examines gender differences in advice seeking behavior. We introduce a novel experimental framework in which subjects have the option to either solve a task on their own, or with the help of costly advice. Over two treatments, we vary the amount of information that advisees receive about advice quality. We use two types of questions, mathematical and verbal, to test the effect of stereotyped domains. Our findings suggest that women seek less advice than men. This result is driven by two behavioral patterns. First, women seek less advice when they are in the information treatment. Second, men seek more advice on verbal tasks. Advisor gender does not matter. These results suggest that gender may affect the decision to seek advice.
Keywords: advice, gender differences, experiment
JEL Classification: C91, J16
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