Marica Valente

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Marica Valente

University of Innsbruck
Does Unfairness Hurt Women? The Effects of Losing Unfair Competition

MEGA Salle Carine Nourry

MEGA - Salle Carine Nourry

Maison de l'économie et de la gestion d'Aix
424 chemin du viaduc
13080 Aix-en-Provence

Thursday, May 23 2024| 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Nathalie Ferrière: nathalie.ferriere[at]
Federico Trionfetti: federico.trionfetti[at]


How do men and women differ in their persistence after experiencing failure in a competitiveenvironment? We tackle this question by combining a large online experiment (N=2,086)with machine learning. We find that when losing is unequivocally due to merit, both menand women exhibit a significant decrease in subsequent tournament entry. However, whenthe prior tournament is unfair, i.e., a loss is no longer necessarily based on merit, womenare more discouraged than men. These results suggest that transparent meritocratic criteriamay play a key role in preventing women from falling behind after experiencing a loss.