Journal of Cultural Economics

, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 279–307 | Cite as

Art and gender: market bias or selection bias?

  • Laurie Cameron
  • William N. GoetzmannEmail author
  • Milad Nozari
Original Article


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.


Art market Gender economics Auction 

JEL Classification

Z11 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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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laurie Cameron
    • 1
  • William N. Goetzmann
    • 2
    Email author
  • Milad Nozari
    • 3
  1. 1.EMBAYale School of ManagementNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Yale School of ManagementNew HavenUSA
  3. 3.ICFYale School of ManagementNew HavenUSA

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