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

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  • Schober, Thomas
  • Winter-Ebmer, Rudolf

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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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  • Schober, Thomas & Winter-Ebmer, Rudolf, 2011. "Gender Wage Inequality and Economic Growth: Is There Really a Puzzle?--A Comment," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 39(8), pages 1476-1484, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:39:y:2011:i:8:p:1476-1484
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