Male & female economists have different perceptions of reality | Feminomics - gender balanced leadership | Scoop.it

The survey of 400 economists is one of the first to examine whether gender differences matter within a profession. The answer for economists: YES.

 

The genders are most divorced from each other on the question of equality for women. Male economists overwhelmingly think the wage gap between men and women is largely the result of individuals' skills, experience and voluntary choices. Female economists overwhelmingly disagree by a margin of 4-to-1.

Liberal economist Dean Baker, co-founder of the Center for Economic Policy and Research, says male economists have been on the inside of the profession, confirming each other's anti-regulation views. Women, as outsiders, "are more likely to think independently or at least see people outside of the economics profession as forming their peer group," he says.


Via Marion Chapsal