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How women's dislike of competition affects gender pay gap

How women's dislike of competition affects gender pay gap

Women's aversion to competition explains about a 10th of the gender pay gap among high-ability professionals, a recent study of young MBAs found, not only because women opt for less-aggressive fields but because men may do better when negotiating bonuses.

While prior studies have shown that women have less of a taste for competition than men, this report — a working paper from researchers at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and Columbia Business School — overlaid that data with job choice, earnings and career progression among a high-performing group of men and women with similar smarts.

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