Gender Roles and the Gender Expectations Gap

33 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2020

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Francesco D'Acunto

Boston College

Ulrike Malmendier

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics; University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Michael Weber

University of Chicago - Finance

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Date Written: March 2020

Abstract

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.

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D'Acunto, Francesco and Malmendier, Ulrike and Weber, Michael, Gender Roles and the Gender Expectations Gap (March 2020). NBER Working Paper No. w26837, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3550986

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