Do male managers increase risk-taking of female teams? Evidence from the NCAA

Böheim, René and Freudenthaler, Christoph and Lackner, Mario (2019) Do male managers increase risk-taking of female teams? Evidence from the NCAA. Department of Economics Working Paper Series, 281. WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna.


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We analyze the effect of the coach's gender on risk-taking in women sports teams using data taken from National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball games. We find that the coach's gender has a sizable and significant effect on risk-taking, a finding that is robust to several empirical strategies, including an instrumental variable approach. In particular, we find that risk-taking among teams with a male head coach is 5 percentage points greater than that in teams with a female head coach. This gap is persistent over time and across intermediate game standings. The fact that risk-taking has a significantly positive effect on game success suggests that female coaches should be more risk-taking.

Item Type: Paper
Additional Information: We are grateful for generous funding by the Austrian National Bank, project number 16242.
Keywords: Corporate risk-taking, gender difference, success
Classification Codes: JEL J16, J44
Divisions: Departments > Volkswirtschaft
Depositing User: Claudia Tering-Raunig
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2019 09:55
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2019 00:41


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