Quotation Böheim, Rene, Freudenthaler, Christoph, Lackner, Mario. 2019. Do male managers increase risk-taking of female teams? Evidence from the NCAA.




We analyze the effect of the coach's gender on risk-taking in women sports teams using data taken from National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball games. We find that the coach's gender has a sizable and significant effect on risk-taking, a finding that is robust to several empirical strategies, including an instrumental variable approach. In particular, we find that risk-taking among teams with a male head coach is 5 percentage points greater than that in teams with a female head coach. This gap is persistent over time and across intermediate game standings. The fact that risk-taking has a significantly positive effect on game success suggests that female coaches should be more risk-taking.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Working/discussion paper, preprint
Language English
Title Do male managers increase risk-taking of female teams? Evidence from the NCAA
Year 2019
URL http://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/6862
JEL J16, J44


Böheim, Rene (Former researcher)
Freudenthaler, Christoph (Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria)
Lackner, Mario (Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria)
Department of Economics (Kartal) (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5304 Labour market research (Details)
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