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Gender Inequality, Endogenous Cultural Norms, and Economic Development

Gender Inequality, Endogenous Cultural Norms, and Economic Development In this paper, I explore the joint dynamics between gender inequality and cultural norms along the process of development. Cultural norms regarding gender roles are shaped by the relative female labor supply, and thus depend on the gender gap in education. In turn, these norms influence the relative education provided to boys and girls. I show that this two‐way causality between the inegalitarian nature of norms and the educational gender gap might explain the emergence of high gender inequality and low development traps. The model also makes it possible to replicate a U‐shaped relationship between the relative status of women and the economic development. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Scandinavian Journal of Economics Wiley

Gender Inequality, Endogenous Cultural Norms, and Economic Development

The Scandinavian Journal of Economics , Volume 116 (2) – Jan 1, 2014

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Wiley
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© 2014 the editors of The Scandinavian Journal of Economics.
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0347-0520
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1467-9442
DOI
10.1111/sjoe.12056
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Abstract

In this paper, I explore the joint dynamics between gender inequality and cultural norms along the process of development. Cultural norms regarding gender roles are shaped by the relative female labor supply, and thus depend on the gender gap in education. In turn, these norms influence the relative education provided to boys and girls. I show that this two‐way causality between the inegalitarian nature of norms and the educational gender gap might explain the emergence of high gender inequality and low development traps. The model also makes it possible to replicate a U‐shaped relationship between the relative status of women and the economic development.

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Published: Jan 1, 2014

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