Do the stereotypes about the lesser capacity of women for the sciences, which are in some countries reinforced by women getting lower test scores in math, also apply to experts (those at the very top of their profession)?
Imagine, for example, that female doctors were deemed less able to understand and act on medical research than their male counterparts. This could go some way to explaining some parents’ reluctance to vaccinate their children on the advice of their doctor.
Starting from such a concept, we conduct laboratory research to compare gender differences in the degree of confidence people have in experts. We are interested in both confidence in expert recommendations and to the choice of a male or female expert when looking for recommendations.