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Diversity in Tastes, Values, and Preferences: Comment on Jonung and Ståhlberg

  • Catherine Hakim
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    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 Ståhlberg 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.

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    Volume (Year): 5 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 2 (May)
    Pages: 204-218

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    Handle: RePEc:ejw:journl:v:5:y:2008:i:2:p:204-218
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    1. Catherine Hakim, 2003. "A New Approach to Explaining Fertility Patterns: Preference Theory," Population and Development Review, The Population Council, Inc., vol. 29(3), pages 349-374.
    2. Albrecht, James & Björklund, Anders & Vroman, Susan, 2001. "Is There a Glass Ceiling in Sweden?," IZA Discussion Papers 282, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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