Visceral Influences and Gender Difference in Competitiveness

52 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2022

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Jingcheng Fu

National University of Singapore (NUS), Department of Economics

Songfa Zhong

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Department of Economics

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Abstract

Building on the much-celebrated sex-specific hypothesis on visceral responses, here we examine whether the well-replicated gender difference in competitiveness may be influenced by the visceral responses. In the first experiment, we show that the gender difference in competitiveness is partially explained by the arousal of sex hormones. In the second experiment, we observe that the gender gap is reduced by introducing a resting period. Our results contribute to literature on gender difference in the willingness to compete and suggest that mitigating visceral influences is beneficial for gender equality.

Keywords: competitiveness, visceral influences, sex hormone, gender difference, Experiment

Suggested Citation

Fu, Jingcheng and Zhong, Songfa, Visceral Influences and Gender Difference in Competitiveness. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4144506 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4144506

Jingcheng Fu (Contact Author)

National University of Singapore (NUS), Department of Economics ( email )

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Songfa Zhong

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Department of Economics ( email )

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