In a series of experiments, involving over 4000 participants, we find that women evaluate their performance less favorably than equally performing men. Given the prevalence of self-evaluations in applications, interviews, and performance reviews, this gender gap may have important implications for educational and labor market outcomes.
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Christine Exley is an assistant professor of business administration in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit. She teaches the Negotiation course in the MBA elective curriculum. Prior to joining HBS, Professor Exley earned her PhD in economics at Stanford University. Professor Exley’s primary research interests are driven by a desire to better understand inequality and how to counter inequality. Her first research strand investigates how to direct help to those in need via the encouragement of charitable giving and volunteering. Her second research strand examines how to counter gender gaps in economic outcomes. As a behavioral and experimental economist, her research frequently involves laboratory, online and field experiments. She also serves as a board member or advisor of various non-profit organizations and seeks to use applied economics to improve the effectiveness of the nonprofit organizations.