Update: A latest study conducted to discuss how COVID-19 cases are related to the gender of a countries leader, have proved the ECB Chief’s statement to be scientifically true. The findings of this study as World Economic Forum reports, shows that COVID outcomes are systematically better in countries led by women. One of the main reasons of this outcome is that female leaders were found to locking their countries down a lot sooner than their male counterparts.
The latest study conducted by Garikipati and Kambhampati (2020), “Leading the fight against the pandemic: Does gender ‘really’ matter?” considers whether there are significant differences in the COVID-outcomes of male and female led-countries mainly in the first quarter of the pandemic.
Timing of Lockdown
Whether these differences can be explained by different policy measures adopted by male and female leaders, has also been considered. In particular, timing of lockdown in these countries, has been considered.