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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Male and female economists tend to have very different political views

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

Economists like to think of themselves of impartial experts who use their mathematical knowledge to reach rational solutions to the worlds problems.

But a new study has undermined that argument - as it reveals that academics opinions are partly based on their gender.

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.


  1. While looking for further information on this post, I found a very interesting interview with Anne Pettifor by the Renegade Economist.

    Pettifor takes on the beast.

  2. I would refer you to Elizabeth Warren, and Sheila Bair.

  3. Okay, that is an argument that has gone on forever, and will continue forevermore. What can we do, Today?

    I would posit that the immediate mitigation is to build an ethanol refinery in every county in the United States.

    3,016 counties X 20 Million Gallons/Year per refinery gives us 60 Billion Gallons of Ethanol per Year - enough fuel to replace All of the gasoline that's made with imported oil.

    I think I'll refer to this from now on as "The Sixty Billion Gallons of Booze" initiative. (At least, until the Saudi Hit Squad shows up at my door.) :)

  4. Maybe the founders had it right, not allowing woman to vote.

  5. You may interested in the following thread.

  6. I've schussed out the numbers as best I can, and I swear, I can't see any way that ethanol made from switchgrass, corn stover, etc. can't be profitable for all concerned at a price of $2.75/gal at the pump.

    And, I know damned well that my Chevy Impala would get 27.5 mpg, average, on E85 with a bit higher compression (a slightly taller piston, perhaps.)

    That would put me back to $0.10/gal for a comfortable, mid-size sedan, with a relatively simple, and inexpensive engine.

    We're sending $300 + Billion/Yr Overseas, and spending another $200 Billion/Yr protecting the supply chain when we could be recirculating that money in our own neighborhood - building schools, and hospitals, and factories, and housing. It's wasteful, and it's stupid; and it serves no one's interest except the Oilocrats, and the bankers.

    There's not a chance in the world that this isn't where we're going; it's just a matter of how broke we allow ourselves to get before we get started.

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