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I explain what the survey is about below the fold.
Yesterday, Louis-Philippe Morin presented a paper at Carleton University on the effect of competition on the relative performance of male and female students. During the discussion someone asked, who is more likely to ask a professor to reconsider a grade, a male student or a female student?
A survey by Rachel Cronson and Uri Gneezy of the differences between men's and women's preferences concluded "Women don't ask". Women are less likely to initiate salary negotiations, and they are less likely to negotiate offers in experimental situations. In general, "men place themselves in negotiation situations more often than women, and regard more of their interactions as potential negotiations."
If this is true, then women should be less likely - all else being equal - to attempt to negotiate a higher grade. I can't say that I've ever noticed a particular reluctance on the part of female students to appeal grades, so I'm curious about other people's experiences.
Perhaps there is a difference, but I haven't been paying attention? Perhaps, because of gender bias in marking, grading errors are more likely to appear in male (or female) papers? Perhaps there are gender differences in the degree to which students worry about grades? Or perhaps asking to have an exam or assignment re-marked is not regarded as a negotiation situation, but rather as an opportunity to right a wrong or correct an error?
Or perhaps this is one exception to the general rule that "Women don't ask?"
Either way, the answer to the question is important. Part of the gender wage gap has been attributed to women's reluctance to negotiate for higher salaries. Could the gap between boys' and girls' academic achievement be due, in part, to differential propensities to negotiate? Or do differences in willingness to argue for grades actually narrow the gender achievement gap? Alternatively, if there is no difference in men's and women's willingness to argue for higher grades, it suggests that the finding "women don't ask" only applies in certain contexts - in other contexts, it could be that women do ask.
p.s. based on the 100 or so responses so far, WCIers are seeing no gender differences in willingness to negotiate for higher grades.
As with previous WCI surveys, the respondents are overwhelmingly male (currently running around 90 percent), in economics or one of the STEM (science, math, technology) disciplines, and young-ish (most completed university after 2000). Over half of the respondents have worked as a teacher, professor or TA at some point, and a slight majority are based in Canada.