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Gender inequality, endogenous cultural norms and economic development

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This research focuses on the role played by cultural norms in the long run persistence of gender inequalities. Cultural norms about gender roles are considered to be endogenous and can generate gender inequality and low development traps. Indeed, when the gender gap is internalized, it leads to inegalitarian views about gender roles. Due to these inegalitarian beliefs, boys receive more education and the initial gender gap is reinforced. The existence of gender inequality traps is pointed out by the World Bank as a major obstacle for economic development (WDR 2006). The present article allows for a better understanding of the persistence of such traps and the means to escape.

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Paper provided by Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1), Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne in its series Documents de travail du Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne with number v08075.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2008
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Handle: RePEc:mse:cesdoc:v08075

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Keywords: Gender equality; endogenous cultural norms; economics development; inequality traps.;

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  1. Rainald Borck, 2011. "Adieu Rabenmutter - The Effect of Culture on Fertility, Female Labour Supply, the Gender Wage Gap and Childcare," CESifo Working Paper Series 3337, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Ulrike Jäger, 2010. "Working or stay-at-home mum? The influence of family benefits and religiosity," Ifo Working Paper Series Ifo Working Paper Nr. 84, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich.

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