Opinion Poll: Highly Qualified Women Shy Away From Competition?

Already young girls are competition-shy than their age-matched male playmates, so the result of a study of the University of Innsbruck. Already as a three willing girls of less performance comparison than boys, found Austrian scientists together with the Bonn Institute for the study of labor. That make noticeable later in the profession and minor career opportunities, the relevant press concludes. Girls are far less to the performance competing with peers as a filly ready than boys. This is the result of a recent study, which is published by the Bonn Institute for the study of Labor (IZA). First, it demonstrates that such differences between the sexes already characterised in infancy.

The study is based on a comprehensive experiment of the University of Innsbruck examined the competitive behaviour of over 1000 children and teenagers between 3 and 18 years of age. Depending on the age, the participants had to solve computing tasks or complete a race and could This earn money. In the course of the experiment, they had the choice whether they wanted to compete against peers, to increase their earning potential. On average, 40 percent of boys, but only 19 percent of girls opted for the competition Variant. In all age groups, the distance between the sexes was about 15 to 20 percentage points. It was irrelevant whether the children in mixed or single-sex groups competed against each other. Another interesting finding of the study: In the mental arithmetic, as well as in the race boys and girls did roughly the same.

But boys tend to overestimate their own performance to. Economic researchers see a possible cause of the pay gap between the sexes and the low proportion of women in leadership positions in the reduced competition willingness of women. Our results suggest that to promote the competitive behaviour of women in order to contribute to more equality in the labour market, better targeted at a young age says the Innsbruck Behavior Economist Matthias Sutter, who has authored the study. Join our nationwide survey on this subject and give us the reason closest to. Select one of the seven response options and click vote. Lacking highly qualified women really on the contest will or willingness to the competition? Reduce the lack of career opportunities? There are reasons for this? We want to know your opinion. The survey is anonymous. The survey runs until the 13.7.2010. The results of the survey are published on career-Women.org in the career section. The study can be downloaded at the Institute for the study of Labor (IZA), see competition readiness-young girl… Karin Back

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