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Participation in sports competition closes the gender gaps in competition and in risk taking

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Abstract

We compare the preferences of athletes who practice individual sports to those of non-athletes, by combining incentivized tasks and survey questions. Athletes were more likely to opt for the tournament payment scheme in the competitive tasks. Female athletes and male non-athletes were equally likely to select the tournament payment. We also find that female athletes were equally as risk-tolerant as non-athlete men and equally as risk-tolerant as men overall (whether athletes or non-athletes), for incentivized tasks and stated preferences. It is concluded that participation in competitive sports favors closure of the gender gaps in competitiveness and risk tolerance.
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hal-03696936 , version 1 (16-06-2022)

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Marc Willinger, Dimitri Dubois, Sabrina Bravaccini. Participation in sports competition closes the gender gaps in competition and in risk taking. Journal of Sports Economics, 2023, 24 (1). ⟨hal-03696936⟩
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