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The Performance in mixed-sex and single-sex tournaments: What we can learn from speedboat races in Japan

Gender Institute member, Alison Booth (Professor of Economics at the Australian National University, CEPR Research Fellow) and Eiji Yamamura (Professor of Economics, Seinan Gaikun University) explore how differences in attitudes to competition or risk may contribute to explaining gender gaps in wages and other labour market outcomes by analysing performance data from speedboat races in Japan. Their study revealed that women tend to race more slowly against men than against other women only, while men are faster in mixed-sex races. This finding may be driven by the skewed gender balance towards men in mixed-sex races triggering awareness of gender identity for both men and women.

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Updated:  7 November, 2012/Responsible Officer:  Convenor, Gender Institute/Page Contact:  Web manager, Gender Institute