NEWS AND INSIGHTS UPDATE:
In a study that surveyed hundreds of members of the American Economic Association, one thing stood out — there is a significant gender gap in male and female economists’ views on economic policy issues.
Ann Mari May of Innovations Report (and one of the authors of the study, which will appear in the Journal of Contemporary Economic Policy) cites some of the biggest discrepancies identified in the study report:
- Role of government
- Size of government
- U.S. income distribution
- Redistribution policies
- Gender inequality and status of job opportunities
- Gender wage gap
- Health insurance
- Vouchers in education
- Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
That’s a lot of topics that male and female economists differ significantly on and demonstrates how important it is to have diverse teams, even in economics.
“If demographic differences such as sex help shape our views of policy related questions, it is important that women be included on boards and in policy-making circles at all levels of decision-making,” said Mary McGarvey, UNL associate professor of economics and one of the study’s co-authors. “While including women in policy-making circles does not prevent the selection of only those individuals with shared beliefs, it nonetheless may increase the possibility that diverse viewpoints will be represented.”