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GENDER DIFFERENCES IN EXAMINATION BEHAVIOR
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2015 (English)In: Economic Inquiry, ISSN 0095-2583, E-ISSN 1465-7295, Vol. 53, no 1, 352-364 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A unique examination strategy in first-year microeconomics courses is used to test for gender differences in examination behavior. Students have the possibility of attaining a seminar bonus on the final exam for near-perfect seminar attendance and are given two voluntary initial quizzes during the semester. At the final exam, the scores received on initial quizzes can either be accepted as is, or students can attempt to improve their marks by answering similar quiz questions on the exam. Results suggest that female students are more likely to take initial quizzes and receive a seminar bonus but are less likely to re-take quiz questions on the final exam. These results suggest higher risk aversion, less overconfidence, and more self-discipline or less procrastination among female students relative to male students. Our estimated behavioral differences may have important implications in terms of final grades on the course. (JEL I21, J16, A12, A14)

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2015. Vol. 53, no 1, 352-364 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-111389DOI: 10.1111/ecin.12130ISI: 000345350200020OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-111389DiVA: diva2:775841
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Available from: 2015-01-05 Created: 2015-01-02 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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