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Do attitudes toward gender equality really differ between Norway and Sweden?

Niklas Jakobsson () and Andreas Kotsadam ()

No 352, Working Papers in Economics from University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics

Abstract: Using survey data from Norway and Sweden, we assess people’s attitudes towards gender equality. Previous studies argue that these attitudes are more egalitarian in Sweden than in Norway. Similar to previous research, we find that Swedes are more positive towards gender equality in general. However, we find no differences regarding views on egalitarian sharing of household responsibilities, and Norwegians are actually more supportive of government intervention to increase gender equality. This suggests that the lower support for gender equality in Norway is less robust than previously thought and that there is a larger scope for advancing the gender revolution in Norway via government policies than in Sweden.

Keywords: attitudes; norms; gender equality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 27 pages
Date: 2009-04-06
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Forthcoming in Journal of European Social policy, 2010.

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