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Are Men Really More Overconfident than Women? - A Natural Field Experiment on Exam Behavior


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Title: Are Men Really More Overconfident than Women? - A Natural Field Experiment on Exam Behavior
Authors: Johansson Stenman, Olof
Nordblom, Katarina
Issue Date: Aug-2010
Publication type: report
Series/Report no.: Working Papers in Economics
461
Keywords: overconfidence
gender differences
exam behavior
field experiment
Abstract: This paper reports from a simple natural field experiment based on an eco-nomics exam. Part of the exam consisted of 30 multiple choice questions, where the students obtained 1 point per correct answer while 1 point was deducted for each in-correct answer. We find no significant gender differences in overconfidence, irrespec-tive of how we measure it, i.e., whether we regard the number of questions answered, the number of questions answered incorrectly or the answering patterns for the most diff... more
ISSN: 1403-2465
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2077/23021
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