Men can be just as risk-averse as women
A new economics paper has refuted previous academic research that shows women to be less willing to engage in risk than men in situations like gambling.
The paper by Julie Nelson, chairwoman of the economics department at University of Massachusetts-Boston, and released this week, revealed that men could be just as risk-averse as women, if not more.
"The paper finds a lot of the economics and finance research in behavioral differences between men and women is vastly exaggerated," ABC News quoted Nelson as saying.
Nelson and a research assistant reviewed more than 24 published articles about the subject, many of which studied men and women's gambling habits and often concluded that women were less willing to gamble.
Nelson often found small differences in the averages of the two genders that measured how willing they were to take risks.
Nelson pointed out that it should be difficult to generalize on risk just from studies about lottery-like games, upon which is what much of the research is based.
She also noted that generalizations based upon gender about risk-aversion could lead to broader cultural bias in financial decision-making and the workplace.