Beliefs about Beliefs about Gender

30 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2020

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Andrew Dustan

Vanderbilt University - College of Arts and Science - Department of Economics

Kristine Koutout

Vanderbilt University

Greg Leo

Vanderbilt University - College of Arts and Science - Department of Economics

Date Written: January 1, 2020

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Dustan, Andrew and Koutout, Kristine and Leo, Greg, Beliefs about Beliefs about Gender (January 1, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3512513 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3512513

Andrew Dustan

Vanderbilt University - College of Arts and Science - Department of Economics ( email )

Box 1819 Station B
Nashville, TN 37235
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Kristine Koutout

Vanderbilt University ( email )

Box 1819 Station B
Nashville, TN 37235
United States

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Greg Leo (Contact Author)

Vanderbilt University - College of Arts and Science - Department of Economics ( email )

Box 1819 Station B
Nashville, TN 37235
United States

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