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Does political pressure on ‘gender’ engender danger for scientific research? Evidence from a randomized controlled trial


  • Tunde Lenard

    (Institute of Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies)

  • Daniel Horn

    (Institute of Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies and Eötvös Loránd University)

  • Hubert János Kiss

    (Institute of Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies and Eötvös Loránd University)


We detect a significant negative effect of mentioning ‘gender’ as a research topic on conducting academic research in Hungary. Using a randomized information treatment involving a comprehensive sample of Hungarian educationproviders we find that they are less willing to cooperate in a gender related future research compared to a research without this specification. Our results also indicate that this negative sentiment is clearly against gender and not against any topic covering social inequalities in general.

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  • Tunde Lenard & Daniel Horn & Hubert János Kiss, 2020. "Does political pressure on ‘gender’ engender danger for scientific research? Evidence from a randomized controlled trial," CERS-IE WORKING PAPERS 2002, Institute of Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:has:discpr:2002

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    Randomized experiment; Gender; Information treatment;
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    JEL classification:

    • C90 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - General
    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
    • H39 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Other
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination

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