Are Women Status-Ranking Averse?

Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 2019-041/I

26 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2019

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Jordi Brandts

Instituto de Analisis Economico (CSIC) Barcelona

Klarita Gerxhani

European University Institute

Arthur J. H. C. Schram

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB); Tinbergen Institute

Date Written: April 30, 2019

Abstract

Competition involves two dimensions, rivalry for resources and social-status ranking. In our experiment we exclude the first dimension and investigate gender differences in the preference for status ranking. Participants perform a task under non-rivalry incentives. Before doing so, individuals indicate whether they prefer to do the task in an environment with social-status ranking or one without, knowing whether or not the choice will be imposed upon the whole group (as opposed to being personal) and whether the ranking will be done by a man or a woman. We find no gender difference in mean status-ranking aversion when the ranking is personal. When the ranking is imposed, there are still no gender differences in the preferences for social ranking when the ranker is a women, and women are not affected by the ranker’s gender. With a male ranker, however, men have a much stronger desire to be ranked than with a female ranker.

Keywords: status ranking, competition, gender

JEL Classification: C91, J16

Suggested Citation

Brandts, Jordi and Gerxhani, Klarita and Schram, Arthur J. H. C., Are Women Status-Ranking Averse? (April 30, 2019). Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 2019-041/I. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3401726 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3401726

Jordi Brandts (Contact Author)

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Klarita Gerxhani

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Arthur J. H. C. Schram

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