Discussion paper

DP16740 The Gender Gap in Preferences: Evidence from 45,397 Facebook Interests

This paper uses information on the frequency of 45,397 Facebook interests to study how the difference in preferences between men and women changes with a country's degree of gender equality. For preference dimensions that are systematically biased toward the same gender across the globe, differences between men and women are larger in more gender-equal countries. In contrast, for preference dimensions with a gender bias that varies across countries, the opposite holds. This finding takes an important step toward reconciling evolutionary psychology and social role theory as they relate to gender.

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Citation

Cuevas Rumin, A, R Cuevas Rumin, K Desmet and I Ortuño-Ortin (eds) (2021), “DP16740 The Gender Gap in Preferences: Evidence from 45,397 Facebook Interests”, CEPR Press Discussion Paper No. 16740. https://cepr.org/publications/dp16740