Does Gender Inequality Hinder Development and Economic Growth? Evidence and Policy Implications

30 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016

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Oriana Bandiera

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Ashwini Natraj

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: February 1, 2013

Abstract

Does the existing evidence support policies that foster growth by reducing gender inequality? The authors argue that the evidence based on differences across countries is of limited use for policy design because it does not identify the causal link from inequality to growth. This, however does not imply that inequality-reducing policies are ineffective. In other words, the lack of evidence of a causal link is not in itself evidence that the causal link does not exist. Detailed micro studies that shed light on the mechanisms through which gender inequality affects development and growth are needed to inform the design of effective policies.

Keywords: Gender and Development, Population Policies, Gender and Law, Gender and Health, Achieving Shared Growth

Suggested Citation

Bandiera, Oriana and Natraj, Ashwini, Does Gender Inequality Hinder Development and Economic Growth? Evidence and Policy Implications (February 1, 2013). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 6369, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2222525

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