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Gender composition and group dynamics: Evidence from a laboratory experiment with microfinance clients
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History. NHH Norwegian School of Economics, Helleveien 30, 5045 Bergen, Norway; Center for International Forestry Research, Bogor 16115, Indonesia and Universitas Indonesia, Depok 16424, Indonesia.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.
2016 (English)In: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, ISSN 0167-2681, E-ISSN 1879-1751, Vol. 131, 1-20 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We investigate the effect of gender composition on the group dynamics of microfinance clients in Tanzania using a laboratory experiment. We focus on three dimensions: (i) the ability to collaborate on problem-solving, (ii) joint decision-making in risk taking, and (iii) the willingness to cooperate in a public-goods game. Our main finding is that female groups are better at collaborating in problem-solving than male and mixed groups, and are also more willing to take risks. However, in the public-goods game we find no robust evidence of female groups contributing more than male and mixed groups. Our findings suggest that one reason why female loan groups often have higher repayment rates than male and mixed groups may be that female groups are more able to collaborate and find common solutions to common challenges.

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2016. Vol. 131, 1-20 p.
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Group composition, Gender, Microfinance, Laboratory experiment
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-129886DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2016.07.015ISI: 000387517900001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-129886DiVA: diva2:1065470
Available from: 2017-01-16 Created: 2017-01-10 Last updated: 2017-01-16Bibliographically approved

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