Comment | Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America | August 26, 2014

Female Hurricanes Are Not Deadlier than Male Hurricanes

by Daniel Malter

Abstract

In a highly contentious study, Jung, Shavitt, Viswanathan and Hilbe (2014) claimed that hurricanes had higher death tolls when they had female rather than male names due to implicit gender bias. Their article includes a study of the death toll of hurricanes that made landfall in the United States and a number of behavioral survey experiments. In a letter to the editors of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America I show that their results of the archival study are likely a function of spurious correlation and missing variable bias.

Keywords: United States;

Citation:

Malter, Daniel. "Female Hurricanes Are Not Deadlier than Male Hurricanes." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111, no. 34 (August 26, 2014): E3496.