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The Curiously Different Inflation Perspectives of Men and Women

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That men and women occasionally see things differently is not a remarkable observation. But that the sexes could report vastly different perspectives on the rate at which prices are rising over a long period of time is astonishing. This Commentary describes the difference in inflation sentiment held by men and women — a puzzle that may hold the key to interpreting survey-based data on household inflation expectations.

That men and women occasionally see things differently is not a remarkable observation. But that the sexes could report vastly different perspectives on the rate at which prices are rising over a long period of time is astonishing. This Commentary describes the difference in inflation sentiment held by men and women — a puzzle that may hold the key to interpreting survey-based data on household inflation expectations.


Suggested citation: Bryan, Michael F., and Guhan Venkatu, 2001. "The Curiously Different Inflation Perspectives of Men and Women," Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Commentary, 11.01.2001.

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