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