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Abstract

We study how salient group identity, created through competition between students from different universities, as well as differences in the value of winning impact competitive behavior. Our experiment employs a simple all-pay auction within and between two university subject pools. We find that when competing against their peers, students within the lower tier university bid more aggressively than students within the top-tier university. Also, students from the lower tier university, in particular women, bid more aggressively when competing against students from the top-tier university. These findings, interpreted through a theoretical model incorporating both group identity and differential value of winning, suggest that students at the lower tier university have a stronger group identity as well as higher desire to win.



Item Type: MPRA Paper -

Original Title: Competition Between and Within Universities: Theoretical and Experimental Investigation of Group Identity and the Desire to Win-

Language: English-

Keywords: experiments, all-pay auction, competitiveness, group identity-

Subjects: C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C9 - Design of Experiments > C91 - Laboratory, Individual BehaviorD - Microeconomics > D0 - General > D03 - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying PrinciplesJ - Labor and Demographic Economics > J7 - Labor DiscriminationZ - Other Special Topics > Z1 - Cultural Economics ; Economic Sociology ; Economic Anthropology > Z13 - Economic Sociology ; Economic Anthropology ; Social and Economic Stratification-





Author: Chen, Zhuoqiong

Source: https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/67522/



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