Tungodden presents at University of Michigan

13 March 2017 19:47

(updated: 13 March 2017 20:39)

Tungodden presents at University of Michigan

On 13 March, The Choice Lab Researcher Bertil Tungodden presents the paper “The boy crisis: Experimental evidence on the acceptance of males falling behind” which is joint work with The Choice Lab researcher Alexander W. Cappelen and PhD student Ranveig Falch.

The presentation is part of the SBEE Seminar series at the University of Michigan.



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 tale of education and labor market outcomes, often termed the 'boy 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, on the 'boy crisis' and why males increasingly lag behind females in merit settings such as in education and in the lower tale of the labor market.