COVID-19, Women Premiers and Overconfidence
26 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2021 Last revised: 9 Sep 2023
Date Written: February 4, 2021
A mounting body of evidence suggests that female premiers have done a better job of managing the COVID-19 pandemic than their male colleagues. We contribute more evidence to this debate through the analysis of the evolution of the differences in incidence and mortality rates between female- and male-led countries for 31 European nations. We find revealing statistical evidence of superior performance in women-led countries. We discuss some possible explanations for this difference rooted in the overconfidence bias, humility, and leadership style literature.
Keywords: COVID-19, women leaders, women premiers, overconfidence, gender
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