It Takes Two: Gender Differences in Group Work


Thursday, October 25, 2018, 11:40am to 1:00pm


WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman 102
Siri Isaksson, WAPPP Research Fellow; Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, Stockholm School of Economics
In this seminar, Siri Isaksson presents a new study on gender differences in group work. While experimental research is typically conducted on the individual level, professional life often happens in groups. Research on how women and men interact differently in teams is therefore necessary to understand gender inequalities on the labor market. For instance, if women systematically undervalue their contribution, this could lead to lower lifetime labor market outcomes since individual contributions to group success are not transparent. Siri also examines other related topics, such as how good we are at detecting and correcting our partners mistakes, since team work often involves pointing out when we believe that our colleagues are wrong. If women experience that their ideas are frequently rejected, they might feel unmotivated to share their thoughts. Does this affect the success of the group in consequence?  This seminar aims to provide an answer to these and related questions drawing on findings from a laboratory experiment in which teams solve a new puzzle in pairs.