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Curtis R. Price, Perry Burnett and Daria Sevastianova
''The attitudinal gender gap of an economics education''
( 2022, Vol. 42 No.1 )
This note measures changes in how college students' beliefs change concerning the ailments of the economy when they take an introductory macroeconomics course. We measure this change by comparing results of pre- and post-surveys based on the popular survey: The Survey of Americans and Economists on the Economy (1996, Caplan 2002). We measure students' beliefs on the problems facing the economy which range from taxes to regulation. Survey results indicate that at the beginning of the course male and female students have nearly identical beliefs concerning the problems in the economy. At the end of the course male and female students' beliefs about the ailments of the economy have shifted and diverged. We discuss the implications of this research in the context of generating interest in economics from female students and how these disparate beliefs may affect policy prescriptions.
Keywords: Gender Gap, Economic Education, Policy Attitudes
JEL: A2 - Economics Education and Teaching of Economics: General
I2 - Education: General
Manuscript Received : May 10 2021 Manuscript Accepted : Feb 20 2022

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