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Diversity in tastes, values and preferences: comment on Jonung and Stahlberg

Hakim, Catherine (2008) Diversity in tastes, values and preferences: comment on Jonung and Stahlberg. Economic Journal Watch, 5 (2). pp. 204-218. ISSN 1933-527X

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Abstract

This paper comments on the lead symposium article, “Reaching the Top?—On Gender Balance in the Economics Profession,” by Christina Jonung and Ann-Charlotte Ståhlberg. Jonung and Stahlberg demonstrate that the economics profession recruits few women even in (or especially in) western Europe. This comment presents an alternative explanation, called preference theory, based on women’s greater propensity to prefer work-life balance, in contrast to men’s greater propensity to prefer work-centred lifestyles. Intellectual ability alone does not predict success in a career. Relevant life goals and motivation matter greatly.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://econjwatch.org/
Additional Information: © 2008 Americam Institute for Economic Research
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2009 10:55
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2012 08:25
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/25022

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