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Are Disagreements among Male and Female Economists Marginal at Best?: A Survey of AEA Members and their Views on Economics and Economic Policy

The authors survey economists in the United States holding membership in the American Economic Association (AEA) to determine if there are significant differences in views between male and female economists on important policy issues. Controlling for place of current employment (academic institution with graduate program, academic institution—undergraduate only, government, for-profit institution) and decade of PhD, the authors find many areas in which economists agree. However, important differences exist in the views of male and female economists on issues including the minimum wage, views on labor standards, health insurance, and especially on explanations for the gender wage gap and issues of equal opportunity in the labor market and the economics profession itself. These results lend support to the notion that gender diversity in policy-making circles may be an important aspect in broadening the menu of public policy choices. (JEL A11, J78, A14)

First published online 25 FEB 2013 doi: 10.1111/coep.12004

Publication Information
Article Title: Are Disagreements among Male and Female Economists Marginal at Best?: A Survey of AEA Members and their Views on Economics and Economic Policy
Journal: Contemporary Economic Policy (Feb, 2013)
doi: 10.1111/coep.12004
Author(s): May, Ann Mari;  McGarvey, Mary G;  Whaples, Robert
Researcher Information
    
May, Ann Mari
May, Ann Mari
Professor of Economics
Expertise:
  • Gender and Higher Education
  • Macroeconomic Stabilization Policy
  • U.S. Economic History
  • Women and the Economy
Economics
CoB 525 Q
P.O. Box 880489
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0489, USA
Phone: (402) 472-3369
Fax: (402) 472-9700
amay1@unl.edu
McGarvey, Mary G
McGarvey, Mary G
Associate Professor of Economics
Expertise:
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Economics of Obesity
  • Labor Markets
Economics
CoB 525 P
P.O. Box 880489
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0489, USA
Phone: (402) 472-9415
mmcgarvey1@unl.edu