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Gender Equality for Economic Growth


  • Olivier Thevenon
  • Angelica Salvi Del Pero


This paper assesses the extent to which the increase in women's human capital, as measured by educational attainment, has contributed to economic growth in OECD countries over the past five decades. Using longitudinal cross-country data covering 30 countries from 1960 to 2008 on education (the Barro-Lee dataset) and growth (update of OECD data), our results point out a positive and significant impact of the increase in women's educational attainment relative to men on output per capita growth - as measured by GDP per capita. Our results are robust to the distinction between sub-periods and indicate that the effect of the equalisation of years of completed education on economic growth has been higher in the most recent periods. Results also hold when countries with an above-average increase in years of completed education are removed from the sample.

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  • Olivier Thevenon & Angelica Salvi Del Pero, 2015. "Gender Equality for Economic Growth," Annals of Economics and Statistics, GENES, issue 117-118, pages 353-377.
  • Handle: RePEc:adr:anecst:y:2015:i:117-118:p:353-377 DOI: 10.15609/annaeconstat2009.117-118.353

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