Beliefs about Beliefs about Gender
52 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2020 Last revised: 8 May 2020
Date Written: May 8, 2020
We develop a methodological framework for eliciting beliefs (first-order) and beliefs about beliefs (second-order) about the differences in measurable characteristics between two populations. We implement this procedure to study beliefs about the performance of men and women on math and abstract bargaining tasks. We find no evidence of differences in either men’s and women’s first-order beliefs or in their second-order beliefs; however, participants believe that men’s and women’s first-order beliefs differ.
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