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Beauty queens and battling knights: Risk taking and attractiveness in chess
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2013 (English)In: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, ISSN 0167-2681, E-ISSN 1879-1751, Vol. 90, no June, 1-18 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We explore the relationship between attractiveness and risk taking in chess. We use a large international panel dataset on high-level chess competitions which includes a control for the players’ skill in chess. This data is combined with results from a survey on an online labor market where participants were asked to rate the photos of 626 expert chess players according to attractiveness. Our results suggest that male chess players choose significantly riskier strategies when playing against an attractive female opponent, even though this does not improve their performance. Women's strategies are not affected by the attractiveness of the opponent.

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2013. Vol. 90, no June, 1-18 p.
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Risk taking, Attractiveness, Chess, Gender differences
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-89833DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2013.03.006ISI: 000320414000001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-89833DiVA: diva2:620976
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Available from: 2013-05-13 Created: 2013-05-13 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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