Rank versus inequality — Does gender composition matter?

Kim, Duk Gyoo ; Riegel, Max

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4291743
URL: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_i...
Additional URL: https://www.cesifo.org/en/publications/2022/workin...
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2022
The title of a journal, publication series: CESifo Working Papers
Volume: 10109
Place of publication: München
Publishing house: Munich Society for the Promotion of Economic Research
ISSN: 1617-9595 , 2364‐1428
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences - CDSE (Economics)
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: C910 , D630,
Keywords (English): gender composition , positional concerns , preferences for redistribution , last-place aversion , perception of luck
Abstract: This study investigates the influence of gender composition on allocation decisions involving a rank–inequality tradeoff. In a laboratory experiment, participants chose to either alleviate inequality by relinquishing their current relative rank or exacerbate inequality by maintaining their current rank. Two essential features of the experiment are: 1) participants’ relative rank is the outcome of their real-effort performance and luck; 2) participants’ genders are naturally revealed by gender-specific nicknames. We found that female participants are more reluctant to relinquish their current relative rank when the persons ranked below and above them are of the opposite gender. This tendency was less pronounced in the male participants.

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