SBEE Seminar: Muriel Niederle

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Location: Ross School of Business, R2220

Gender, competitiveness and career choices

Stanford University Department of Economics Professor Muriel Niederle will be the featured speaker in a new Social Behavioral and Experimental Economics seminar series jointly sponsored by the Economics Department, the Ross School of Business and UMSI.

Gender differences in competitiveness have been hypothesized as a potential explaination for gender differences in education and labor market outcomes. Niederle examines the predictive power of a standard laboratory experimental measure of competitiveness for the later important choice of academic track of secondary school students in the Netherlands. Although boys and girls display similar levels of academic ability, boys choose substantially more prestigious academic tracks which are math and science intensive. Niederle's experimental measure shows boys are substantially more competitive than girls and competitiveness is strongly positive correlated with choosing more prestigious academic tracks, even conditional on academic ability. Most importantly, she finds gender difference in competitiveness accounts for a substantial portion (about 20 percent) of the gender difference track choice.

Speaker Bio: Muriel Niederle is a Department of Economics Professor at Stanford University. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. Niederle is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of European Economic Association, Quantitative Economics, and the American Economic Journal - Microeconomics. She has organized several SITE conferences on Experimental Economics at Stanford. Niederle has had papers published in several journals, given talks at many seminars and conferences, and has had significant news coverage of her work.