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Charity and Favoritism in the Field: are Female Economists Nicer (to Each Other)?

20 Pages Posted: 10 May 2010 Last revised: 24 Aug 2010

Jason Abrevaya

University of Texas at Austin

Daniel S. Hamermesh

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: May 2010

Abstract

Using a very large sample of matched author-referee pairs, we examine how the gender of referees and authors affects the former's recommendations. Relying on changing matches of authors and referees, we find no evidence of gender differences among referees in charitableness toward authors; nor do we find any effect of the interaction between the referees' and authors' gender. With substantial research showing gender differences in fairness, the results suggest that an ethos of objectivity can overcome tendencies toward same-group favoritism/opposite-group discrimination.

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Abrevaya , Jason and Hamermesh, Daniel S., Charity and Favoritism in the Field: are Female Economists Nicer (to Each Other)? (May 2010). NBER Working Paper No. w15972. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1601723

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