Working Nine to Five: Economic Impacts on the Gender Gap in Macro Politics .
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A difference in aggregate public opinion and policy preferences between men and women has long been assumed but rarely fully empirically tested. In this analysis, I look at multiple economic factors impacting men and women in similar, yet different ways, which lead to a dynamic policy preference gap between genders. I test the impact of economic differences created by careers in “gender divisive,” or male dominated and non-male dominated industries on the differences between men and women’s policy preferences, created as a variation of Stimson’s Policy Mood. Through analysis, men are shown as more reactive to certain indicators, including self-professed macro partisanship and changes in inflation, while women are more reactive to fluctuations in job security in non-male dominated industries. This implies while men are more reactive to changes in cost and self-professed ideology, women become more liberal as their perceived likelihood of needing government support increases, leading to an overall gap in policy preferences due to different stimulants.
Scott, Holly Katherine (2014). Working Nine to Five: Economic Impacts on the Gender Gap in Macro Politics .. Honors and Undergraduate Research. Available electronically from