Eradicating Women-Hurting Customs: What Role for Social Engineering?

46 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2017

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Emmanuelle Auriol

University of Toulouse 1 - Toulouse School of Economics (TSE); University of Toulouse I - Advanced Research in Quantitative Applied Development Economics (ARQADE); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Giula Camilotti

University of Namur - Centre de Recherche en Economie du Developpement (CRED)

Jean‐Philippe Platteau

University of Namur

Date Written: June 2017

Abstract

Social engineering refers to deliberate attempts, often under the form of legislative moves, to promote changes in customs and norms that hurt the interests of marginalized population groups. This paper explores the analytical conditions under which social engineering is more or less likely to succeed than more indirect approaches when it comes to suppress gender-biased customs. This implies discussing the main possible interaction frameworks leading to anti-women equilibria, and deriving policy implications from the corresponding games. The theoretical arguments are illustrated by examples drawn from available empirical works, thus providing a reasoned survey of the literature.

Keywords: coordination incentives, deterrence, expressive function of law, Gender, harmful customs, Social norms

JEL Classification: D10, K10, K36, O15, Z10, Z13

Suggested Citation

Auriol, Emmanuelle and Camilotti, Giula and Platteau, Jean‐Philippe, Eradicating Women-Hurting Customs: What Role for Social Engineering? (June 2017). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP12107, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2992557

Emmanuelle Auriol (Contact Author)

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Giula Camilotti

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Jean‐Philippe Platteau

University of Namur ( email )

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