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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
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: A - General Economics and Teaching > A1 - General Economics > A11 - Role of Economics; Role of Economists; Market for Economists
A - General Economics and Teaching > A1 - General Economics > A14 - Sociology of Economics
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J16 - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J7 - Labor Discrimination
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2009 10:55
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/25022/

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