“Women are less interested than men in jobs where individual competition determines pay,” a University of Chicago study states, reported in the Chicago Sun-times yesterday. U. of C. Economics professor John List led a research team that created two advertisements on Internet job boards, posting openings for administrative assistants.
According to the study, more men were more interested in the positions than women when they were told that the salary was competition-based. “When the salary potential was most dependent on competition, men were 94 percent more likely to apply than women,” List said. He thinks socialization roles of men and women play a factor. “Boys receive more encouragement growing up to be competitive, particularly in sports, while girls frequently are encouraged to be more cooperative,” he says. Because of the differences in their upbringing, men grow up to be more competitive than women in some aspects of life. For more information on this study, visit the paper’s website at www.suntimes.com.