Abstract

We study gender differences in attitudes in the role of luck versus hard work in achieving success using data from the World Values Survey. Women are consistently more likely to report that success is a matter of luck. We consider several potential explanations: workplace discrimination, religion, household responsibilities, and political alignment. Our results favor explanations based on workplace discrimination and household responsibilities.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1548-8004
Print ISSN
0022-166X
Pages
pp. 858-870
Launched on MUSE
2012-04-04
Open Access
No
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