Gender Roles and the Gender Expectations Gap
Initiative on Global Markets Paper No. 162
33 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2020 Last revised: 29 May 2020
Date Written: February 29, 2020
Expectations about macro-finance variables, such as inflation, vary significantly across genders, even within the same household. We conjecture that traditional gender roles expose women and men to different economic signals in their daily lives, which in turn produce systematic variation in expectations. Using unique data on the contributions of men and women to household grocery chores, their resulting exposure to price signals, and their inflation expectations, we show that the gender expectations gap is tightly linked to participation in grocery shopping. We also document a gender gap in other economic expectations and discuss how it might affect economic choices.
Keywords: Gender Gap, Expectations, Perceptions, Experiences, Exposure
JEL Classification: C90, D14, D84, E31, E52, G11
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