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Type Working Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title Gender Bias in Perceived Quality. An Experiment with Elite Soccer Performance
Organization Unit
  • Carlos Gomez Gonzalez
  • Helmut Max Dietl
  • David Berri
  • Cornel Nesseler
  • English
Institution University of Zurich
Series Name UZH Business Working Paper Series
Number 3957038
ISSN 2296-0422
Number of Pages 39
Date 2022
Abstract Text Whether one looks at revenue, investment, or coverage, men’s sports do better than women’s. Many assume that the differences are driven by absolute differences in quality of athletic performance. However, the existence of stereotypes should alert us to another possibility: What if perceived quality is filtered through gender stereotypes? We perform an experiment showing participants video clips of elite female and male soccer players. In the control group, participants evaluated normal videos where the gender of the players was clear to see. In the treatment group, participants evaluated the same videos but with gender obscured by blurring. We find that participants only rated men’s videos higher when they knew they were watching men. When they didn’t know who they were watching, ratings for female and male athletes did not differ significantly. The findings are consistent with the interpretation that gender bias plays a role in the evaluation of athletic performance. Implications for research and the sports industry are discussed. Keywords: experiment, evaluation, gender bias, fans, soccer, women’s sport
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Digital Object Identifier 10.2139/ssrn.3957038
Other Identification Number merlin-id:22445
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