Department of Economics
Sex and Fiscal Desire
- Author(s): Montgomery, Robert
- Stuart, Charles
- et al.
Women may want greater taxes and redistributional spending than men if malein comes exceed female incomes and men and women are not always married. Cross-section evidence from opinion polls provides indirect support for this view.Women express greater favorability toward redistributional spending than do men; the difference is explained largely but not entirely by income differences. The empirical analysis provides partialsupport for Meltzer and Richard (1981) , and suggests that increases in singleness after World WarII may have acted to increase differences by sex in desired redistributional spending.