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Patrick Nolen

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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...
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Gender differences in risk behaviour: does nurture matter?

Women and men may differ in their propensity to choose a risky outcome because of innate preferences or because their innate preferences are modified by pressure to conform to gender-stereotypes. Single-sex environments are likely to modify students’ risk-taking preferences in economically important ways. To test...
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Choosing to compete: how different are girls and boys?

Using a controlled experiment, this paper examines the role of nurture in explaining the stylized fact that women shy away from competition.