Date & Time
October 12, 20235:30 - 7:00pm
LocationRSSS Auditorium, ANU Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) 146 Ellery Cres, Acton ACT 2601, Australia
CategoryKeith Hancock Lectures
Keith Hancock Lecture 2023: Presented by Emeritus Professor Alison Booth
Gender Gaps: Causes and Origins
Recent research in experimental and behavioural economics has focused on the role that preferences might play in explaining economic outcomes. These preferences include attitudes to risk and willingness to compete, which can shape gender differences. In the 2023 Keith Hancock Lecture, Emeritus Prof Alison Booth will draw on her recent research that utilises both laboratory experiments and field experiments. She will show how gender differences in willingness to compete vary across diverse environments. These include: (i) different birth cohorts in China and Taiwan, (ii) a competitive sport in Japan that randomly assigns participants into mixed-sex and single-sex races, and (iii) university students in the UK. The lecture will illustrate how the environment in which individuals are placed can affect economically important preferences and behaviour. In addressing the malleability of male and female preferences, the research suggests that male dominance over women is not a biological default state nor are preferences exogenous. Instead, they are likely driven by social constructs.
The Keith Hancock Lecture is named in honour of Emeritus Professor Keith Hancock AO – a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia since 1968, Academy President for the period 1981–1984 and an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics. The annual lecture was inaugurated in 2009. Each year, a distinguished social scientist is invited to present the Keith Hancock Lecture.
This lecture is jointly hosted by the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the Australian National University.
The lecture will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.