Gender Differences in Prioritizing Rewarding Tasks

68 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2023 Last revised: 28 Jul 2023

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Bruna Borges

Sao Paulo School of Economics - FGV

Fernanda Estevan

Sao Paulo School of Economics - FGV

Louis-Philippe Morin

University of Ottawa

Date Written: July 20, 2023

Abstract

We investigate gender performance differences in reaction to task-rewards (weights) variation based on the applicant's major choice in the admission exam from a selective Brazilian university. Our data allows us to control for applicants' major-choice self-selection issues flexibly and to follow applicants in the formal labor market several years after the admission exam. We show that females' performance decreases relative to males' when facing a larger-reward subject due to gender differences in confidence and exam strategy. However, our findings cast doubt on whether gender differences in prioritizing rewarding tasks in an exam environment can explain the gender wage gap.

Keywords: post-secondary education, gender gap, high-stakes assessments

JEL Classification: J16, I23, D80

Suggested Citation

Borges, Bruna and Estevan, Fernanda and Morin, Louis-Philippe, Gender Differences in Prioritizing Rewarding Tasks (July 20, 2023). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4354209 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4354209

Bruna Borges

Sao Paulo School of Economics - FGV ( email )

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Fernanda Estevan (Contact Author)

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Louis-Philippe Morin

University of Ottawa ( email )

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