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The Construction of the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI)

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In this paper we construct the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) using variables of the OECD Gender, Institutions and Development database. Instead of measuring gender inequalities in education, health, economic or political participation, the SIGI allows a new perspective on gender issues. It is a composite measure of social institutions which are mirrored by societal practices and legal norms that produce inequalities between women and men in non-OECD countries. Empirical results confirm that the SIGI provides additional information to that of other wellknown gender-related indices.

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Paper provided by Ibero-America Institute for Economic Research in its series Ibero America Institute for Econ. Research (IAI) Discussion Papers with number 184.

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Length: 63 pages
Date of creation: 17 Mar 2009
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Handle: RePEc:got:iaidps:184

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Keywords: SIGI; Composite index; Gender inequality; Social institutions; OECD-GID database;

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  1. Alkire, Sabina & Foster, James, 2011. "Counting and multidimensional poverty measurement," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 95(7-8), pages 476-487, August.
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  1. Gaëlle Ferrant, 2014. "The Multidimensional Gender Inequalities Index (MGII): A Descriptive Analysis of Gender Inequalities Using MCA," Social Indicators Research, Springer, Springer, vol. 115(2), pages 653-690, January.
  2. Philipp Kolo, 2012. "Measuring a New Aspect of Ethnicity - The Appropriate Diversity Index," Ibero America Institute for Econ. Research (IAI) Discussion Papers, Ibero-America Institute for Economic Research 221, Ibero-America Institute for Economic Research.
  3. Seo-Young Cho, 2011. "Integrating Equality - Globalization, Women’s Rights, Son Preference and Human Trafficking," Courant Research Centre: Poverty, Equity and Growth - Discussion Papers 73, Courant Research Centre PEG.
  4. van Staveren, I.P., 2011. "To Measure is to Know? A Comparative Analysis of Gender Indices," ISD Working Paper Series, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague 2011-02, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague.
  5. Inberg, Liesbeth & Holvoet, Nathalie, 2013. "Multiple pathways to gender-sensitive budget support in the education sector: Analysing the effectiveness of sex-disaggregated indicators in performance assessment frameworks and gender working groups," Working Paper Series, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) UNU-WIDER Research Paper , World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  6. Alkire, Sabina & Meinzen-Dick, Ruth Suseela & Peterman, Amber & Quisumbing, Agnes R. & Seymour, Greg & Vaz, Ana, 2012. "The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index:," IFPRI discussion papers, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 1240, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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