Free DP Download 10 June 2022 - Male and female voices in economics

Friday, June 10, 2022

Hans Sievertsen, Sarah Smith CEPR Discussion Paper No. 17166 | April 2022

Women's voices are likely to be even more absent from economic debates than headline figures on female under-representation suggest. Focusing on a panel of leading economists we find that men are more willing than women to express an opinion and are more certain and more confident in their opinions, including in areas where both are experts. Women make up 21 percent of the panel but 19 percent of the opinions expressed and 14 percent of strong opinions. We discuss implications for the economics profession and for promoting a genuine diversity of views.

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