Gender differences in risk aversion: do single-sex environments affect their development?

Single‐sex classes within coeducational environments are likely to modify students' risk‐taking attitudes in economically important ways. To test this, we designed a controlled experiment using first year college students who made choices over real‐stakes lotteries at two distinct dates. Students were randomly assigned to classes...

Estimating the wage elasticity of labour supply to a firm: is there monopsony down-under?

This paper estimates the elasticity of the labour supply to a firm, using data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey. Estimation of this elasticity is of particular interest because of its relevance to the debate about the competitiveness of labour...

Do employers discriminate by gender? A field experiment in female-dominated occupations

This paper tests for gender discrimination by sending fake CVs to apply for entry-level jobs. Female candidates are more likely to receive a callback, with the difference being largest in occupations that are more female-dominated.

Does racial and ethnic discrimination vary across minority groups? Evidence from a field experiment

Job applicants find it easier to get an interview if they have an Anglo-Saxon name, according to new research from The Australian National University. The study, conducted by ANU economists Professor Alison Booth and Professor Andrew Leigh from the Research School of Social Sciences, in...
Discussion paper

Choosing to compete: How different are girls and boys?

Going to a single-sex school makes teenage girls more competitive than if they attend a co-educational school, a study of adolescent behaviour has found. Using a controlled experiment, we examine the role of nurture in explaining the stylized fact that women shy away from competition...