"Gender, competitiveness, and reaction to defeat"

New session of the online Seminar "Gender, Behavior and Decision-Making" by The Women & Science Chair of Université Paris Dauphine - PSL.

The next session of the seminar « Gender, Behavior and Decision-Making » will take place Tuesday the 9th of May from 5 pm to 6 pm online (Teams). The Teams link will be provided in due time. 

The seminar will be held online (Teams event)

We will have the pleasure to listen to Claire Mollier who will present “Gender, competitiveness, and reaction to defeat”.

Claire Mollier is a PhD student at the University of Paris Nanterre. Her research aims to understand how the gender of the opponent contributes to preferences for competition. She is also working on the effects of different forms of discrimination by using experimental methods.


In this study, we use a lab experiment to investigate individuals' reaction after a defeat. In a first stage, subjects complete a math task and decide on their payment scheme (piece-rate vs tournament). Subjects observe the result of the competition and decide whether they want to compete again. A novelty of our design is that we use strategy elicitation method by providing a sequence of potential points gap. Our research seeks to elicit men’s and women’s behaviors in a repeated competition context. Main results show that men are more willing to re-enter the competition with a larger point gap when being defeated by a female opponent, compared to when they lose against their male counterparts. Furthermore, women are indifferent to the genderof their opponent when deciding to compete again.


About the Women & Science Chair

The Women and Science Chair at Université Paris Dauphine - PSL, created with the support of the L’Oréal Foundation, the Generali Foundation, La Poste, and the Talan Group, seeks to engage and foster interdisciplinary approaches to analyzing the causes and consequences of the underrepresentation of women in careers in scientific research and academia.

The Women and Science Chair is member of the UNESCO chairs network.

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Informations Pratiques

Date : mardi 9 mai 2023
de 17h00 à 18h00
Lieu : En ligne