Mario Lackner

  • Current position:
    Assistant Professor, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
  • Research interest:
    Applied microeconometrics, welfare state, risk taking behavior and competitiveness, labor economics, personnel economics, sports economics
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  • Affiliations:
    Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
  • Qualifications:
    PhD Economics, University of Linz, 2014
  • Personal statement about IZA World of Labor:
    IZA World of Labor provides an excellent source for short and contemporary summaries of highly relevant topics in labor economics. It is as great source for evidence-based policy making as well as a good introductory read for scholars and the general public. I am happy to help encourage communication between academia and policymakers and communicate scientific evidence to a broader audience
  • Selected publications:
    • “Gender and risk taking: Evidence from jumping competitions.” Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A 178:4 (2015): 883–902 (with R. Böheim).
    • “Returns to education in professional football.” Economics Letters 114:3 (2012): 326–328 (with R. Böheim).
    • “An empirical analysis of the dynamics of the welfare state: The case of benefit morale.” Kyklos 63:1 (2010): 55–74 (with M. Halla and F. G. Schneider).
  • Articles

Gender differences in competitiveness

To what extent can different attitudes towards competition for men and women explain the gender gap in labor markets?

February 2016

10.15185/izawol.236 236

by Mario Lackner Lackner, M

Differences in labor market outcomes for women and men are highly persistent. Apart from discrimination, one frequently mentioned explanation could be differences in the attitude towards competition for both genders. Abundant empirical evidence indicates that multiple influences shape attitudes towards competition during different periods of the life cycle. Gender differences in competitiveness will not only influence outcomes during working age, but also during early childhood education. In order to reduce the gender gap in educational and labor market outcomes, it is crucial to understand when and why gender gaps in competitiveness arise and to study their consequences.