Saturday, June 29, 2013

Gender Diversity: Outrunning the gender gap

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Anna Dreber ·Emma von Essen ·Eva Ranehill
DOI 10.1007/s10683-011-9282-8
Exp Econ (2011) 14:567–582


  1. Researchers from this study aim to explain that there not gender differences related to competitiveness. This is contrary to other studies, which say men are more competitive than women; and as a result have the “top” positions in society. In this study researchers looked at the competitiveness in 7-10 year old Swedish children. The researchers wanted to compare findings with a similar study of Israeli and Columbian children where boys reacted to competition by running faster when competing.
    Researchers also questioned if competition differed depending on task and gender of opponent Overall, researchers found no gender difference in performance. Boys and girls competed equally in the task of running, skipping rope and dancing. They suggest as a result of their findings that competitiveness is more an effect of cross-culture explanations. They noted that Sweden is a more of a gender-neutral country than that of Israel and Columbia; therefore competitiveness is equal across genders.
    Future studies are suggested in the area of competitiveness in other cultures to better understand why they may be gender differences related to competition. As physical educators, we have to be aware of such differences to cultures as we cultivated health competitiveness in our students

  2. Super interesting. I find that the culture does influence gender competitiveness and there for some places are more neutral. However I do find that boys play very different then girls in the younger developmental ages. Great job so far.