Gender Inequality in New Media: Evidence from Wikipedia

43 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2015 Last revised: 16 Feb 2018

Marit Hinnosaar

University of Turin - Collegio Carlo Alberto

Date Written: December 30, 2017

Abstract

Media is critical for gender equality. I analyze Wikipedia, one of the prominent examples of new media. I study why women are less likely to contribute to Wikipedia, the implications of the gender gap on Wikipedia's content, and what can be done about it. I find that: (1) gender differences in the frequency of Wikipedia use and in beliefs about one’s competence explain a large share of the gender gap in Wikipedia writing; (2) the gender gap among contributors leads to unequal coverage of topics; (3) providing information about gender inequality has a large effect on contributions.

Keywords: Gender, Media, Internet, Public goods

JEL Classification: L86, L82, J16, H41

Suggested Citation

Hinnosaar, Marit, Gender Inequality in New Media: Evidence from Wikipedia (December 30, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2617021 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2617021

Marit Hinnosaar (Contact Author)

University of Turin - Collegio Carlo Alberto ( email )

via Real Collegio 30
Moncalieri, Torino 10024
Italy

HOME PAGE: http://marit.hinnosaar.net/

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