The Hot Hand, Competitive Experience, and Performance Differences by Gender

21 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2006

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Christopher Cotton

Queen's University, Department of Economics

Joseph Price

Brigham Young University

Date Written: July 18, 2006

Abstract

Using data on junior golf tournaments, we find evidence that the "hot hand" does exist, and that its prevalence decreases as golfers gain experience. This provides an explanation as to why studies that consider professional athletes conclude that the hot hand does not exist. We also show that females are much more likely to experience the hot hand compared with similar males, and provide evidence that this disparity is driven by differences in competitive experience. As golfers' experience increases, gender dissimilarities disappear. We argue that exposure to competition may also drive other gender differences identified in competitive environments.

Keywords: gender, hot hand, competition

JEL Classification: J16, J7

Suggested Citation

Cotton, Christopher and Price, Joseph, The Hot Hand, Competitive Experience, and Performance Differences by Gender (July 18, 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=933677 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.933677

Christopher Cotton

Queen's University, Department of Economics ( email )

Dunning Hall 230
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6
Canada

HOME PAGE: http://www.christophercotton.ca

Joseph Price (Contact Author)

Brigham Young University ( email )

130 FOB
Provo, UT 84604
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://economics.byu.edu/directory/joseph-p-price

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