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On the Malleability of Implicit Attitudes Towards Women Empowerment: Evidence from Tunisia

Eleonora Nillesen (), Michael Grimm, Micheline Goedhuys (), Ann-Kristin Reitmann () and Aline Meysonnat ()
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Eleonora Nillesen: UNU-MERIT
Ann-Kristin Reitmann: University of Passau
Aline Meysonnat: UNU-MERIT

No 12471, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: We use an implicit association test (IAT) to measure implicit gender attitudes and examine the malleability of these attitudes using a randomized field experiment and quasi-experimental data from Tunisia. Women that appear most conservative respond to a randomized video treatment by reducing their implicit gender bias. Also, female interviewers invite more conservative responses to the IAT, especially among the male subsample. Perceived religiosity of the interviewer affects self-reported gender attitudes, but not IAT measures, suggesting social desirability may be at work. We discuss the implications of our findings for the use of implicit measures in development research.

Keywords: women empowerment; implicit association test; interviewer effects; Middle East and North Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C83 D91 O12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ara, nep-exp and nep-gen
Date: 2019-07
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