Class Year


Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Fall 2022

Department 1

Political Science


Confucianism is not only a historically important belief system, but it also continues to be rooted in many societies today, particularly in East and Southeast Asia. The growing influence of some of these Confucian-ingrained societies on the international stage justifies expanding the limited literature present on Confucianism and its societal implications. Using a conceptualization of heavily influenced Confucian societies previously set out by earlier research, this paper evaluates the validity of the common age-old assumption that Confucianism is correlated with greater gender inequality, as determined by the World 2016 dataset. Specifically, research suggests that the opposite correlation might just as equally be present in Confucian influenced societies today. This study tests the hypothesis that Confucian influence leads to lower gender inequality today compared to other influence systems. While the results cannot fully support the proposed hypothesis, the findings contribute considerable value to the limited Confucian literature by presenting strong statistical reasoning to doubt the common assumption of Confucianism being correlated with greater gender inequality.


Written for POL 215: Methods of Political Science.

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