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Gender Inequality in New Media: Evidence from Wikipedia

Marit Hinnosaar ()

No 411, Carlo Alberto Notebooks from Collegio Carlo Alberto

Abstract: Media is considered to be critical for gender equality. I analyze Wikipedia, one of the prominent examples of new media. I study why women are less likely to contribute to Wikipedia, the implications of the gender gap, and what can be done about it. I find that: (1) gender differences in the frequency of Wikipedia use and in beliefs about one's competence explain a large share of the gender gap in Wikipedia writing; (2) the gender gap among contributors leads to unequal coverage of topics; (3) providing information about gender inequality has a large effect on contributions.

Keywords: Gender; Internet; Media; Public goods (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H41 J16 L82 L86 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 47 pages
Date: 2015
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cul, nep-dem, nep-hme and nep-ict
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