Advice from Women and Men and Selection into Competition

Abstract

We study how gender matching affects the impact of advice on men’s and women’s entry into a real-effort tournament and how advice varies with gender and gender matching. We analyze the impact as well as the content and justification of advice. Our results show that gender pairings do not affect the impact of advice. With respect to the advice process we find that for medium performers women are less likely to reccommend entry than men, and that women give worse advice. Men are more reluctant to weaken women’s than men’s confidence in their success.