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Patricia Funk

UniversitĂ  della Svizzera italiana
Via Giuseppe Buffi 13
6904 Lugano
Switzerland

E-Mail: patricia.funk@usi.ch
Institutional Affiliation: UniversitĂ  della Svizzera italiana

NBER Working Papers and Publications

June 2019Are Referees and Editors in Economics Gender Neutral?
with David Card, Stefano DellaVigna, Nagore Iriberri: w25967
We study the role of gender in the evaluation of economic research using submissions to four leading journals. We find that referee gender has no effect on the relative assessment of female- versus male-authored papers, suggesting that any differential biases of male referees are negligible. To determine whether referees as a whole impose different standards for female authors, we compare citations for female and male-authored papers, holding constant referee evaluations and other characteristics. We find that female-authored papers receive about 25% more citations than observably similar male-authored papers. Editors largely follow the referees, resulting in a 6 percentage point lower probability of a revise and resubmit verdict for female-authored papers relative to a citation-maximizing...

Published: David Card & Stefano DellaVigna & Patricia Funk & Nagore Iriberri, 2020. "Are Referees and Editors in Economics Gender Neutral?*," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, vol 135(1), pages 269-327. citation courtesy of

June 2017Identifying the Effect of Election Closeness on Voter Turnout: Evidence from Swiss Referenda
with Leonardo Bursztyn, Davide Cantoni, Felix Schönenberger, Noam Yuchtman: w23490
We provide evidence of a causal effect of anticipated election closeness on voter turnout, exploiting the precise day-level timing of the release of Swiss national poll results for high-stakes federal referenda, and a novel dataset on daily mail-in voting for the canton of Geneva. Using an event study design, we find that the release of a closer poll causes voter turnout to sharply rise immediately after poll release, with no differential pre-release turnout levels or trends. We provide evidence that polls affect turnout by providing information shaping beliefs about closeness: first, the introduction of Swiss polls had significantly larger effects in politically unrepresentative municipalities, where locally available signals of closeness are less correlated with national closeness. Secon...

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