Revealed: Female economists are more left-wing than male as gender gap creeps into academia
PUBLISHED: 00:58 EST, 30 September 2012 | UPDATED: 00:58 EST, 30 September 2012
Female economists are significantly more left-wing than their male counterparts, who are more likely to hold free-market views.
Gap: Male and female economists tend to have very different political views
The extraordinary finding results from a survey of the political and professional beliefs of 400 economists, reported by USA Today.
On the whole, most economists are more likely to support free markets and low regulations than the general public.
But this tendency is much more pronounced among male economists, 59 per cent of whom believe the U.S. suffers from too much regulation - compared to just 35 per cent of women.
The political gap between men and women in the profession is apparent in nearly every area of policy.
On education, male economists are passionate supporters of introducing vouchers to enable parents to choose their children's schools.
61 per cent of them agree with the proposal, while just 14 per cent oppose it - but their female colleagues are overall against the plan.
By contrast, one policy proposal supported by women economists is forcing companies to pay for their employees' health insurance, a law which would be strongly opposed by men.
Perhaps the most controversial point of disagreement is over the pay gap between men and women.
The vast majority of male economists attribute any discrepancy to natural economic factors, whereas most female economists blames it on societal discrimination.
There are some areas where economists of both sexes agree - they all tend to be fans of Walmart, and foes of excessive military spending.
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