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Gender and Confidence: are Women underconfident?
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Economics and Statistics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7143-8793
2012 (English)In: Applied Economics Letters, ISSN 1350-4851, E-ISSN 1466-4291, Vol. 19, no 11, p. 1057-1059Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous research finds that schoolgirls tend to be underconfident with respect to their mathematics performance, while schoolboys tend to be overconfident. We asked Swedish university students (aged 18–35) what grade they thought they would get in a macroeconomics exam 1 week later. These results were compared with their actual grade and we find no evidence of men being overconfident, but women are underconfident about their test performance. These results suggest that the findings that schoolgirls are underconfident about their math performance also carry over to grown-up women studying macroeconomics.

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Taylor & Francis, 2012. Vol. 19, no 11, p. 1057-1059
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confidence, gender, underconfidence, women
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Economics
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-27005DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2011.613745ISI: 000301659600009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-27005DiVA, id: diva2:617108
Available from: 2013-04-22 Created: 2013-04-22 Last updated: 2018-06-04Bibliographically approved

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