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Gender, Emotions, and Tournament Performance in the Laboratory

Eastern Connecticut State University, Department of Economics, Willimantic, CT 06226, USA
Academic Editors: Eric Schniter and Ulrich Berger
Games 2017, 8(3), 26;
Received: 17 May 2017 / Revised: 13 June 2017 / Accepted: 20 June 2017 / Published: 28 June 2017
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Individuals face competitive environments daily, and it is important to understand how emotions affect behavior in these environments and resulting economic consequences. Using a two-stage laboratory experiment, I analyze the role of reported emotions in tournament performance and assess how the behavioral response differs across genders. The first stage serves to induce emotions, while the second stage presents the subject with a one-on-one winner-take-all tournament with the individual who generated the feeling, using a real-effort task. Ultimately, I show that women respond to the negative feelings more strongly than men. I find that women increase performance when experiencing negative emotions, while male performance remains unaffected. Remarkably, there is no gender gap in tournament performance when there are negative emotions. View Full-Text
Keywords: gender; competition; experimental economics; emotions gender; competition; experimental economics; emotions

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