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Gender Wage Inequality and Economic Growth: Is There Really a Puzzle?--A Comment

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  • Schober, Thomas
  • Winter-Ebmer, Rudolf

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Summary Seguino (2000) shows that gender wage discrimination in export-oriented semi-industrialized countries might be fostering investment and growth in general. While the original analysis does not have internationally comparable wage discrimination data, we replicate the analysis using data from a meta-study on gender wage discrimination and do not find any evidence that more discrimination might further economic growth--on the contrary: if anything the impact of gender inequality is negative for growth. Standing up for more gender equality--also in terms of wages--is good for equity considerations and at least not negative for growth.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

Volume (Year): 39 (2011)
Issue (Month): 8 (August)
Pages: 1476-1484

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Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:39:y:2011:i:8:p:1476-1484

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Cited by:
  1. Joanna Wolszczak-Derlacz, 2013. "The Impact of Gender Wage Gap on Sectoral Economic Growth – Cross-country Approach," Equilibrium, Uniwersytet Mikolaja Kopernika, vol. 8, pages 103-122.
  2. Potrafke, Niklas & Ursprung, Heinrich W., 2012. "Globalization and gender equality in the course of development," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 28(4), pages 399-413.
  3. Seguino, Stephanie, 2011. "Gender Inequality and Economic Growth: A Reply to Schober and Winter-Ebmer," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 39(8), pages 1485-1487, August.

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