Shocked by the Gender Gap
By Bryan Caplan
As I’ve said before, the data show that men think more like economists than women do. But today I came across some new data (or data I once saw and then forgot about?) showing a gender gap that is quite a bit larger than I would have guessed. The National Council on Economic Education’s 2005 What Teens and Adults Know About Economics has some truly shocking findings. This survey tested knowledge of basic economics, and then gave respondents letter grades (A, B, C, D, F). The results for adults:
The disparity for teens wasn’t quite as bad, though their average was a lot worse than adults’:
It worries me that so much of the heavily gendered distortions of modern economics, in conjunction with its methodological fetishism, is unnoticed or ignored. Economics could turn out to be the new morality and it needs to be exposed for what it really is: a male chauvinist pig of a discipline, suffering from severe monomania.
That’s from a review of Freakonomics; I’ve got my fingers crossed that Gendergeek will be reviewing my book when it comes out next year.
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