Does Increasing Risk Widen Gender Gaps?

35 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2022

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Samuel D. Hirshman

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Economics

Alexander Willén

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Economics

Date Written: December 6, 2022

Abstract

We examine the response to an exogenous change in the risk profile of an important educational choice – requesting a regrade. We demonstrate how ostensibly gender-neutral policies can generate gaps across men and women because they differ in their perceptions of risk. Specifically, we show that an exogenous shift in the risk of requesting a regrade augmented the regrade request gap by nearly 100 percent. We show that this has consequential implications for students through its impact on their grade points. These findings reveal how gender differences identified in the lab manifest when men and women make real world decisions.

Keywords: risk, gender gaps, educational choices, inequality

JEL Classification: J16, I24, I26, D81, J7

Suggested Citation

Hirshman, Samuel D. and Willén, Alexander, Does Increasing Risk Widen Gender Gaps? (December 6, 2022). NHH Dept. of Economics Discussion Paper No. 20/2022, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4294943 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4294943

Samuel D. Hirshman

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Economics ( email )

Helleveien 30
N-5035 Bergen
Norway

Alexander Willén (Contact Author)

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Economics ( email )

Helleveien 30
N-5035 Bergen
Norway

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