Economic inequality shapes the agency–communion content of gender stereotypes

Eva Moreno-Bella*, Guillermo B. Willis, Angélica Quiroga-Garza, Miguel Moya

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Economic inequality is a main issue in current societies, and it affects people’s psychological processes. In this research, we propose that perceived economic inequality might affect how people perceive men and women. In two experiments carried out in Spain (N = 170) and Mexico (N = 215), we tested whether high (vs. low) economic inequality leads to changes in the perceived agency and communion of both men and women. Our findings suggest that when economic inequality is high (vs. low), the communal content in social perceptions of both men and women decreases. Specifically, under high (vs. low) inequality, the difference in agency and communion ascribed to a man becomes greater (i.e., men are perceived as even more agentic than communal), whereas this difference becomes smaller for women (i.e., women are still perceived as more communal than agentic, but this difference is smaller). We discuss these findings’ implications regarding the psychosocial effects of economic inequality.

Idioma originalEnglish
Páginas (desde-hasta)1075-1098
Número de páginas24
PublicaciónGroup Processes and Intergroup Relations
EstadoPublished - ago 2023

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psicología social
  • Estudios culturales
  • Comunicación
  • Arte y humanidades (miscelánea)
  • Sociología y ciencias políticas


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