Gender and Risk: Evidence from Jumping Competitions
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5th ESEA, Esbjerg
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We analyze if female athletes differ from male athletes in their risk-taking behavior in a competitive setting, using data from high jump and pole vault competitions. We observe risky strategies directly which allows us to distinguish between an athlete's ability and his or her decision to incur risk. We estimate if female athletes use risky strategies as often as male athletes and whether or nor their returns to risky strategies differ. Returns to risky strategies are identified via an instrumental variable approach where we use other athletes' declarations as instruments for individual risk taking.