Some things we, economists, do not like. Maybe because we were taught to dislike them. Maybe because that is who we are. It seems like some things should be disliked. Political incorrectness may be one of these. We tend to dislike “should.” Among economists, gender quotas in politics tend not to be liked. The meritocratic critique is that competence, not sex, should form the basis of political representation. Imposing more female representation would lead to less competent representatives and inferior policies. The claim is that constraining choices has rarely made the world a better place.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEconomic Ideas You Should Read and Remember
EditorsBruno S. Frey, Christoph A. Schaltegger
PublisherSpringer
Pages75-76
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-17740-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-17739-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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