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Piasenti, Stefano; Valente, Marica; van Veldhuizen, Roel and Pfeifer, Gregor (14. July 2023): Does Unfairness Hurt Women? The Effects of Losing Unfair Competitions. Collaborative Research Center Transregio 190, Discussion Paper No. 410 [PDF, 3MB]

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How do men and women differ in their persistence after experiencing failure in a competitive environment? We tackle this question by combining a large online experiment (N=2,086) with machine learning. We find that when losing is unequivocally due to merit, both men and women exhibit a significant decrease in subsequent tournament entry. However, when the prior tournament is unfair, i.e., a loss is no longer necessarily based on merit, women are more discouraged than men. These results suggest that transparent meritocratic criteria may play a key role in preventing women from falling behind after experiencing a loss.

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