Equilibrium fictions, societal rigidity, and affirmative action

Karla Hoff, 24 April 2012

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India’s experience with quotas for women in public office suggests that within a generation, exposure to women leaders can erase the bias in men’s evaluation of female compared to male leaders and lift parents’ and girls’ aspirations by enough to close the gender gap in literacy (Beaman et al. 2009, 2012).

Topics: Poverty and income inequality
Tags: affirmative action, caste, India, race, sexism

Shaping risk preferences across time

Alison Booth, Patrick Nolen, Lina Cardona Sosa, 20 February 2012

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The majority of experimental studies investigating gender differences in risky choices find that women are less willing to take risks than men. This research is summarised in Eckel and Grossman (2008) and Croson and Gneezy (2009). However, these experimental studies investigating gender differences in risky choices typically do so only at a single point in time.

Topics: Frontiers of economic research, Gender, Labour markets
Tags: competition, risk aversion, sexism

Does gender matter for academic promotion? Evidence from a randomised natural experiment

Natalia Zinovyeva, Manuel F. Bagues, 19 December 2010

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Women have historically been under-represented in top academic positions. For years, this under-representation was partly the result of the smaller number of women obtaining doctorates.

Topics: Global governance
Tags: academia, gender, sexism

Can gender differences in competition explain the achievement gap?

Christopher Cotton, Frank McIntyre, Joseph Price, 21 October 2010

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Last week the World Economic Forum released its Global Gender Gap Report (Hausmann et al. 2010). As expected, the data in the report illustrates a significant and persistent pay and achievement gap between males and females around the world.

Topics: Labour markets
Tags: competition, Discrimination, gender gap, Labour Markets, sexism

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