Veranstalter: Österreichisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung
Online seit: 05.10.2023 0:00
We conduct a survey experiment with about four thousand German respondents and provide them with information on either one
or both of two measures of gender inequality: the gender gap in earnings and the gender gap in pensions. We analyse the effect
of information provision on respondents' views of gender inequality as a key issue and on their agreement with the adoption
of different policies targeted at different stages of the life cycle and aimed at reducing the gaps. We find that providing
information changes perceptions of the importance of reducing gender inequality. Being informed about both gaps has the largest
impact on agreement with policy goals and the adoption of associated measures targeted at reducing gender inequality. Information
provision has larger effects on women and on younger respondents, while treatment effects do not differ by political leaning.
By exploring the mechanisms behind our results, we provide insights into how individual views correlate with preferences for
reducing gender inequality.