Continuous Gender Identity and Economics
AbstractEconomic research on gender largely focuses on biological sex, the binary classification as either a "man" or "woman." We investigate the value of incorporating a measure of continuous gender identity (CGI) into economics by exploring whether it explains variation in economic preferences and behavior beyond the explanatory power of binary sex. First, we validate a novel single-item CGI measure in a survey study, showing that it correlates with measures used in gender research. Second, we use our single-item CGI measure in an incentivized laboratory experiment to assess CGI's power in explaining previously documented gender gaps in four important economic preferences.
CitationBrenøe, Anne Ardila, Lea Heursen, Eva Ranehill, and Roberto A. Weber. 2022. "Continuous Gender Identity and Economics." AEA Papers and Proceedings, 112: 573-77. DOI: 10.1257/pandp.20221083
- A11 Role of Economics; Role of Economists; Market for Economists
- D91 Micro-Based Behavioral Economics: Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making
- J16 Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination