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Gender, beliefs and coordination with externalities

In this seminar, Professor Philip Grossman from Monash University will speak about how the gender composition of groups affects choices and beliefs.

  • 18 Jun 2018, 1.15pm to 18 Jun 2018, 2.05pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • 3 East, 2.2, University of Bath
  • This event is free
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The findings from this research may improve gender diversity and female representation

Many important decisions within organisations are made by groups, such as committees or boards. A substantial fraction of these decisions affect external parties.

In this seminar, Professor Philip Grossman will examine a laboratory experiment of how the gender composition of three-person groups affects choices and beliefs in a coordination game with selfish and prosocial balance. He will share findings that women prefer not to impose negative externalities on others, more so than men.

Both men and women strongly believe that women will make choices that are kinder to external parties, in line with the observed difference in prosocial choices across genders. Analysis of the verbal communications prior to coordination game choices reveals that women more frequently express concerns for the external party’s welfare and less frequently mention money.

The results from this research have implications for public policies intending to increase the gender diversity and female representation on decision-making committees in the corporate sector, in politics, and in academia.

Speaker profiles

Philip Grossman is Professor of Economics at Monash University. He has research interests in behavioural, experimental and public economics.


3 East is accessed through two sets of automatic double doors at the front of the building, reached from North Fire Road and the Parade. There is a set of stairs and a lift available for access to other floors.


3 East, 2.2 University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom


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