Men Make More Extreme Choices In Life Than Women, Study Finds

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Researchers at Princeton University claimed that men make more extreme choices and decisions when it comes to matters of economic and social importance. The study is published in the journal Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences.

The Study

The researchers wanted to understand how “gender differences in time, risk, and social preferences are important determinants of differential choices of men and women, with broad implications for gender-specific social and economic outcomes”.

They examined 50,000 individuals in 97 samples and measured three variables, namely, time preferences, risk preferences, and social preferences.

The Findings

The results revealed that men are more likely to make extreme decisions and social preferences as well as take greater risks, compared to women who make moderate preferences. Such gender differences in preferences have great implications for gender differences in economic and social outcomes.

To Know More You May Refer To

Thöni, C., & Volk, S. (2021). Converging evidence for greater male variability in time, risk, and social preferences. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 118(23), e2026112118.

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