With or Without Siblings: Sorting into Competition in Experimental Chinese Labor Market

Fanzheng Yang, Li Yu
2013 Social Science Research Network  
We examine whether Chinese only child and child with siblings, having similar ability as well as similar risk and social preferences, differ in their selection into a competitive environment. Participants in a laboratory experiment solve a real task, first under a noncompetitive piece rate and then a competitive tournament incentive scheme. We find a significant differential sorting behavior into tournament between only child and child with siblings, even after controlling for gender, ability,
more » ... r gender, ability, risk attitude, social preference and other individual characteristics. Only child tends to underestimate her winning chances and is shy away from competition. But as only child get more confident, she will more embrace competition than her comparatively equivalent counterpart.
doi:10.2139/ssrn.2376010 fatcat:ldpqxiqszbfa5j6eezfu37sw3m