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Culture, Institutions, and the Gender Gap in Competitive Inclination

Date: Wednesday, June 8th, 12:00

Location: 1211, Ge Zhi Building, Liu Lin Campus

The public lecture

Given by

Assistant Professor: Jane Zhang

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Can government policy change competitive preferences? This study compares behaviour in a controlled lab setting across three ethnic groups to examine the effect of communist institutional reforms promoting female labour force participation on the gender gap in competitive inclination. Results suggest that the exogenously imposed institutions may be effective in increasing female competitive inclination, although they do not eliminate the gender gap in all cultural contexts. Confounders are minimized by ensuring subjects are of the same age, live in the same small geographical area, have similar demographics and socioeconomic status, are genetically closely related, and attend the same high school where they have similar academic performance.

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