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Personal bests and gender

González-Díaz, Julio, Palacios-Huerta, Ignacio and Abuín, José M. (2024) Personal bests and gender. Review of Economics and Statistics, 106 (2). 409 - 422. ISSN 0034-6535

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Identification Number: 10.1162/rest_a_01145


We connect two large bodies of scientific inquiry. First, impor-tant theories in the social sciences establish that human preferences are reference-dependent. Second, a separate field of research documents sub-stantial differences in preferences and attitudes across genders. Specifi-cally, we examine the universe of official classic chess games (more than 250,000 subjects and 22 million games). This allows us to study differences across genders both in cognitive performance (intensive margin) and in competitive participation (extensive margin), using the fact that personal bests act as reference points. We find that males and females behave very differently around their personal bests in both margins.

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Additional Information: © 2021 The President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Divisions: Management
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2024 14:45
Last Modified: 20 May 2024 11:06

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