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Gender preference gaps and voting for redistribution


Ranehill, Eva; Weber, Roberto A (2021). Gender preference gaps and voting for redistribution. Working paper series / Department of Economics 271, University of Zurich.

Abstract

There is substantial evidence that women tend to support different policies and political candidates than men. Many studies also document gender differences in a variety of important preference dimensions, such as risk-taking, competition and pro-sociality. However, the degree to which differential voting by men and women is related to these gaps in more basic preferences requires an improved understanding. We conduct an experiment in which individuals in small laboratory “societies” repeatedly vote for redistribution policies and engage in production. We find that women vote for more egalitarian redistribution and that this difference persists with experience and in environments with varying degrees of risk. This gender voting gap is accounted for partly by both gender gaps in preferences and by
expectations regarding economic circumstances. However, including both these controls in a regression analysis indicates that the latter is the primary driving force. We also observe policy differences between male- and female-controlled groups, though these are substantially smaller than the mean individual differences - a natural consequence of the aggregation of individual.
preferences into collective outcomes.

Abstract

There is substantial evidence that women tend to support different policies and political candidates than men. Many studies also document gender differences in a variety of important preference dimensions, such as risk-taking, competition and pro-sociality. However, the degree to which differential voting by men and women is related to these gaps in more basic preferences requires an improved understanding. We conduct an experiment in which individuals in small laboratory “societies” repeatedly vote for redistribution policies and engage in production. We find that women vote for more egalitarian redistribution and that this difference persists with experience and in environments with varying degrees of risk. This gender voting gap is accounted for partly by both gender gaps in preferences and by
expectations regarding economic circumstances. However, including both these controls in a regression analysis indicates that the latter is the primary driving force. We also observe policy differences between male- and female-controlled groups, though these are substantially smaller than the mean individual differences - a natural consequence of the aggregation of individual.
preferences into collective outcomes.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
JEL Classification:C91, C92, J16, H23
Uncontrolled Keywords:Gender differences, risk, altruism, redistributive preferences, experiment, Geschlechtsunterschied, Altruismus, Risikoverhalten, Wahlverhalten, Entscheidungsfindung, Umverteilung, Experiment
Language:English
Date:December 2021
Deposited On:15 Nov 2017 13:15
Last Modified:16 Mar 2022 08:04
Series Name:Working paper series / Department of Economics
Number of Pages:34
ISSN:1664-7041
Additional Information:Auch erschienen als CESifo Working Paper, No. 6776 Revised version ; Former title: Do gender preference gaps impact policy outcomes?
OA Status:Green
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/static/wp/econwp271.pdf
Related URLs:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/static/workingpapers.php

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