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Gender Differences in Risk Behaviour: Does Nurture Matter?

Booth, Alison; Nolen, Patrick


Using a controlled experiment, we investigate if individuals' risk preferences are affected by (i) the gender composition of the group to which they are randomly assigned, and (ii) the gender mix of the school they attend. Our subjects, from eight publicly funded single-sex and coeducational schools, were asked to choose between a real-stakes lottery and a sure bet. We found that girls in an all-girls group or attending a single-sex school were more likely than their coed counterparts to choose...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: The Economic Journal
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0297.2011.02480.x


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