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Are Women Held to a Higher Moral Standard Than Men? Gender Bias Among University Students


This study examines gender bias in ethical decision-making, defined as a difference in the evaluation of the morality of an action depending on the gender of the person performing the action. Results indicate that college student respondents exhibited some degree of gender bias, and that it was especially noticeable among the male respondents. Bias was somewhat more pronounced among liberal arts majors than other business majors, and non- existent among accounting majors. Implications for early-career professional training and business ethics research are discussed.

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Sharp, D., Pant, L. & Cohen, J. Are Women Held to a Higher Moral Standard Than Men? Gender Bias Among University Students. Teaching Business Ethics 2, 197–209 (1998).

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  • College Student
  • Ethic Research
  • Business Ethic
  • Professional Training
  • Gender Bias