The Harvard Kennedy School, Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP), selected Assistant Professor Sera Linardi and co-author, Daniel Jones, paper, “Wallflowers: Experimental Evidence of an Aversion to Standing Out” for inclusion in the program’s Gender Action Portal. The portal provides empirical evidence on the impact of policies, strategies and organizational practices aimed at closing gender gaps in the areas of economic opportunity, politics, health, and education.
In their paper, which was published by Management Science in 2014, Linardi and Jones find that women act like “wallflowers” to avoid potential scrutiny. Through laboratory and field experiments, they show when charitable behavior is publicly acknowledged, women will choose donations so that it will neither be seen as too high or too low. Their findings will appear alongside more than 100 other papers from leading academics whose work has been instrumental for decision makers in translating research into action.
The Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School, focuses on gender research, teaching, and training. WAPPP examine interventions aimed at closing gender gaps in economic opportunity, politics, health, and education, measuring their impact on women, men and society and share research findings with decision-makers from across the sectors. Read more