Gender differences in strategic incompetence

Last registered on December 06, 2023


Trial Information

General Information

Gender differences in strategic incompetence
Initial registration date
November 27, 2023

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

It corresponds to when the registration was submitted to the Registry to be reviewed for publication.

First published
December 06, 2023, 8:00 AM EST

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Last updated
December 06, 2023, 1:24 PM EST

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Primary Investigator

University of British Columbia

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Additional Trial Information

In development
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Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
This study will investigate the phenomenon of strategic incompetence in the context of gendered differences in the allocation of low-promotability tasks in the workplace. Using a series of online experiments, it will explore whether individuals strategically feign incompetence to avoid being asked to perform undesirable tasks again. Our findings will contribute to understanding gender dynamics in task allocation in the workplace.
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Registration Citation

Kundu, Prerna. 2023. "Gender differences in strategic incompetence." AEA RCT Registry. December 06.
Experimental Details


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Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
- Individual performance at the task (treatment vs control) measured using how many grids are answered correctly
- Gender differences in performance across treatment and control

We will analyze average differences between treatment and control with and without controls. The control variables for the first experiment are: demographic controls (age, sex, ethnicity, country of birth, country of residence, nationality, language spoken, student status, employment status), agreeableness (measured using the 9-item agreeableness subscale of the Big Five Personality Scale), and altruism (measured using the 3-item principle of care construct by Wilhelm and Bekkers, 2010)
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Secondary Outcomes

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Experimental Design

Experimental Design
We will be conducting a series of online experiments on Prolific which will require participants to complete real-effort tasks. We will evaluate how their performance at the task changes when there is an other-rewarding future round.
Experimental Design Details
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Randomization Method
Treatment assignment will be done at the individual level, by O-tree (the experimental software used for the experiment)
Randomization Unit
Treatment assignment will be done at the individual level, by O-tree (the experimental software used for the experiment)
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Experiment Characteristics

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Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
The University of British Columbia - Behavioural Research Ethics Board
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number
H23-02451, PAA number: H23-02451-A001