Thursday, 25 March 2010

Gender based behaviour modification

"Strategic Behavior across Gender: A Comparison of Female and Male Expert Chess Players" is the title of a new research paper that well, compares the strategic behaviour of Female and Male Expert chess players. One of the arguments made in the paper is that male players are less risk adverse that female players, and that male players will even take more risks against female players than they do against male players of similar strength.
I initially came across the paper here, which discusses its conclusion in relation to risk behaviour on Wall Street (and other investment environments). I'm not sure how much of the papers conclusions are transferable (given the limited reward structure in chess ie win, loss, draw) but it is an interesting approach nonetheless.
Coincidently, Susan Polgar links to another article concerning gender and chess, although this is more about participation levels, and the disparity between the number of male and female players.

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