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the roots of gender inequality in developing countries

Seema Jayachandran;
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  • Published: 01 Aug 2015 Journal: Annual Review of Economics, volume 7, pages 63-88 (issn: 1941-1383, eissn: 1941-1391, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Annual Reviews
Abstract
Is the high degree of gender inequality in developing countries--in education, personal autonomy, and more--explained by underdevelopment itself? Or do the societies that are poor today hold certain cultural views that lead to gender inequality? This article discusses several mechanisms through which, as countries grow, gender gaps narrow. I argue that while much of the GDP/gender-inequality relationship can be explained by the process of development, society-specific factors are also at play: Many countries that are poor today have cultural norms that exacerbate favoritism toward males. Norms such as patrilocality and concern for women's "purity" help explain t...
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free text keywords: Development economics, Norm (social), Economics, Gender inequality, Middle East, Developing country, China, Personal autonomy, Social inequality, Underdevelopment, jel:J16, jel:O10, jel:O14, jel:O15
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publication . Article . Other literature type . Preprint . Report . 2015

the roots of gender inequality in developing countries

Seema Jayachandran;