The Construction of the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI)
AbstractIn 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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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Ibero-America Institute for Economic Research in its series Ibero America Institute for Econ. Research (IAI) Discussion Papers with number 184.
Length: 63 pages
Date of creation: 17 Mar 2009
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SIGI; Composite index; Gender inequality; Social institutions; OECD-GID database;
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2009-03-28 (All new papers)
- NEP-LAB-2009-03-28 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-POL-2009-03-28 (Positive Political Economics)
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