Art and gender: market bias or selection bias?
We test for gender effects in the art market using auction prices for artists who graduated from the Yale School of Art. Yale’s female graduates have significantly fewer auction sales, controlling for their graduating year gender ratio. Conditioning upon sale, works by female artists obtained higher average prices. The results suggest that while institutions and career paths may condition on gender, the market may not.
KeywordsArt market Gender economics Auction
JEL ClassificationZ11 J16
We thank Lesley Baier, Eric Greenleaf, Lisa Kahn, Sharon Oster, Judith Schiff, and all the participants of the Symposium on Art and Gender at Yale School of Management for their comments and suggestions.
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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