Personal Bests and Gender

34 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2021

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Julio González-Díaz

Universidade de Santiago de Compostela - Department of Statistics, Mathematical Analysis, and Optimization

Ignacio Palacios-Huerta

London School of Economics; Ikerbasque Foundation UPV/EHU

José Manuel Abuín Mosquera

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: October 15, 2021

Abstract

We connect two large bodies of scientific inquiry. First, important theories in the social sciences establish that human preferences are reference-dependent. Second, a separate field of research documents substantial differences in preferences and attitudes across genders. Specifically, we examine the universe of officially-rated classic chess games (over 250,000 subjects and 22 million chess games). This allows us to study differences across genders both in cognitive performance (intensive margin) and in competitive participation (extensive margin) using the fact that personal bests act as reference points. We find that males and females behave very differently around their personal bests in both margins.

Keywords: Reference Dependence, Gender, Cognition, Performance, Competition.

JEL Classification: D90, J16.

Suggested Citation

González-Díaz, Julio and Palacios-Huerta, Ignacio and Abuín Mosquera, José Manuel, Personal Bests and Gender (October 15, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3943113 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3943113

Julio González-Díaz

Universidade de Santiago de Compostela - Department of Statistics, Mathematical Analysis, and Optimization ( email )

15706, Santiago de Compostela
Spain

Ignacio Palacios-Huerta (Contact Author)

London School of Economics ( email )

Dept. of Management
Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

Ikerbasque Foundation UPV/EHU ( email )

José Manuel Abuín Mosquera

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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