Male and Female Voices in Economics

33 Pages Posted: 27 May 2022

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Hans Sievertsen

University of Bristol

Sarah Smith

University of Bristol; Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

Date Written: April 1, 2022

Abstract

Women's voices are likely to be even more absent from economic debates than headline figures on female under-representation suggest. Focusing on a panel of leading economists we find that men are more willing than women to express an opinion and are more certain and more confident in their opinions, including in areas where both are experts. Women make up 21 per cent of the panel but 19 per cent of the opinions expressed and 14 per cent of strong opinions. We discuss implications for the economics profession and for promoting a genuine diversity of views.

Keywords: confidence, gender, Opinions

Suggested Citation

Sievertsen, Hans and Smith, Sarah, Male and Female Voices in Economics (April 1, 2022). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP17166, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4121341

Hans Sievertsen (Contact Author)

University of Bristol ( email )

University of Bristol,
Senate House, Tyndall Avenue
Bristol, Avon BS8 ITH
United Kingdom

Sarah Smith

University of Bristol ( email )

University of Bristol,
Senate House, Tyndall Avenue
Bristol, Avon BS8 ITH
United Kingdom

Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) ( email )

7 Ridgmount Street
London, WC1E 7AE
United Kingdom

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