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Powerful Women: Does Exposure Reduce Bias?

By Petia Topalova, Esther Duflo, Rohini Pande, Lori Beaman and Raghabendra Chattopadhyay


Random assignment of gender quotas across Indian village councils to investigate whether having a female chief councillor affects public opinion towards female leaders is analysed . Villagers who have never been required to have a female leader prefer male leaders and perceive hypothetical female leaders as less effective than their male counterparts, when stated performance is identical.female leaders, male

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