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Gender in the time of COVID-19: Evaluating national leadership and COVID-19 fatalities

Windsor, LC and Reinhardt, GY and Windsor, AJ and Ostergard, R and Allen, S and Burns, C and Giger, J and Wood, R (2020) 'Gender in the time of COVID-19: Evaluating national leadership and COVID-19 fatalities.' PLoS ONE, 15 (12 Dec). ISSN 1932-6203

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Abstract

In this paper we explore whether countries led by women have fared better during the COVID-19 pandemic than those led by men. Media and public health officials have lauded the perceived gender-related influence on policies and strategies for reducing the deleterious effects of the pandemic. We examine this proposition by analyzing COVID-19-related deaths globally across countries led by men and women. While we find some limited support for lower reported fatality rates in countries led by women, they are not statistically significant. Country cultural values offer more substantive explanation for COVID-19 outcomes. We offer several potential explanations for the pervasive perception that countries led by women have fared better during the pandemic, including data selection bias and Western media bias that amplified the successes of women leaders in OECD countries.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2021 09:53
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2021 07:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29454

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