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Gender Differences in Risk Aversion: Do Single-Sex Environments Affect their Development

Booth, Alison; Cardona-Sosa, Lina; Nolen, Patrick


Single-sex classes within coeducational environments are likely to modify students' risk-taking attitudes in economically important ways. To test this, we designed a controlled experiment using first year college students who made choices over real-stakes lotteries at two distinct dates. Students were randomly assigned to weekly classes of three types: all female, all male, and coeducational. They were not allowed to change group subsequently. We found that women are less likely to make risky...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2013.12.017


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