Tungodden presents at EBEM 2017
On June 27, The Choice Lab Researcher Bertil Tungodden presented the paper “The boys crisis: Do we consider it more acceptable when males fall behind than when females do?” at the European Behavioral Economics Meeting (EBEM) 2017.
This year’s EBEM took place from June 26-28, at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.
The paper is joint work with The Choice Lab researcher Alexander W. Cappelen and PhD student Ranveig Falch.
It is well established that there is a gender bias in top-level jobs where males dominate. However, there is also an increasing worry of a gender bias in the lower tail of education and labor market outcomes, often termed the 'boys crisis'. What can explain these patterns? In this project, we study experimentally whether people consider it more acceptable when males fall behind than when females do, using a novel design implemented on a representative sample of Americans. The participants make distributive choices involving males and females and we randomly manipulate the gender composition in the distributive situations. We show that people find it more acceptable when males fall behind than when females do when outcomes reflect merit. We provide evidence showing that this result is not driven by a general preference for females, but is specific to how people redistribute in merit environments where males perform worse than females. We argue that this finding may shed light on the gender discrimination against males in different parts of society.