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How long do you think it will take? Field Evidence on Gender Differences in Time Optimism


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Title: How long do you think it will take? Field Evidence on Gender Differences in Time Optimism
Authors: Kataria, Mitesh
Issue Date: Feb-2017
Extent: 44
Publication type: report
Organization: Dept. of Economics, University of Gothenburg
Series/Report no.: Working Papers in Economics
694
Keywords: Overconfidence
Time optimism
Gender differences
Abstract: Evidence from ten natural field studies comparing long-distance runners' incentivized predictions of race finishing time with their actual finishing time is reported. A modest but regular bias is found. Male runners are consistently found to be more time optimistic than female runners and finish slower than they predict to finish. Males are found to over-appreciate their physical fitness. To the extent this behaviour carries over to other contexts, such as the labor market, the tendency of men... more
ISSN: 1403-2465
Description: JEL: C93, D01, D03
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2077/51829
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