Analysis of 194 countries, published by the Center for Economic Policy Research and the World Economic Forum, suggests that the difference is real and “can be explained by the proactive and coordinated policy responses” adopted by women leaders.
Even after clear and frequently cited outliers like New Zealand and Germany – and the United States for male leaders – were removed from the statistics, the study found that the case for the relative success of women leaders only got stronger.
“Our results clearly indicate that women leaders reacted faster and more decisively to potential deaths,” said Supriya Garikipati, development economist at the University of Liverpool, co-author with Uma Kambhampati of the University of Reading.
“In almost all cases, they locked up earlier than male leaders under similar circumstances. While this may have longer-term economic implications, it has certainly helped these countries save lives, as evidenced by the significantly lower death toll in these countries.