COVID-19, Women Premiers and Overconfidence

26 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2021

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Jose Luis Arroyo Barrigüete

Comillas Pontifical University

Lucía Barcos Redín

Comillas Pontifical University

Carlos Bellon

Universidad Pontificia Comillas

M. Teresa Corzo

Universidad Pontificia Comillas

Date Written: February 4, 2021

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Arroyo Barrigüete, Jose Luis and Barcos Redín, Lucia and Bellon, Carlos and Corzo, M. Teresa, COVID-19, Women Premiers and Overconfidence (February 4, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3779582 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3779582

Jose Luis Arroyo Barrigüete

Comillas Pontifical University ( email )

Alberto Aguilera 21
Madrid, Madrid 28015
Spain

Lucia Barcos Redín

Comillas Pontifical University ( email )

Alberto Aguilera 21
Madrid, Madrid 28015
Spain

Carlos Bellon

Universidad Pontificia Comillas ( email )

Alberto Aguilera, 23
Madrid, Madrid 28015
Spain

M. Teresa Corzo (Contact Author)

Universidad Pontificia Comillas ( email )

Spain
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