Choking under pressure and gender : evidence from professional tennis / Danny Cohen-Zada (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and IZA), Alex Krumer (SEW, University of St. Gallen), Mosi Rosenboim (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev), Offer Moshe Shapir (New York University Shanghai and Sapir Academic College) ; IZA, Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserCohen-Zada, Danny ; Krumer, Alex ; Rosenboim, Mosi ; Shapir, Offer Moshe
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, February 2017
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 10587
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We exploit a unique setting in which two professionals compete in a real-life tennis contest with high monetary rewards in order to assess how men and women respond to competitive pressure. Comparing their performance in low-stakes versus high-stakes situations, we find that men consistently choke under competitive pressure, but with regard to women the results are mixed. Furthermore, even if women show a drop in performance in the more crucial stages of the match, it is in any event about 50% smaller than that of men. These findings are robust to different specifications and estimation strategies.