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Identifying and Addressing Gender Issues in Doing Business


  • Aimée Hampel-Milagrosa

    () (German Development Institute, Competitiveness and Social Development, Bonn.)


Doing Business, the World Bank's annual flagship publication, claims that payoffs for women from regulatory reform are large despite a lack of explicit focus on social factors affecting the economic participation of women. Taking off from our previous findings that discrimination hindering women's economic participation originate at the level of traditions and perpetuate at the level of regulations, this article suggests a combined qualitative and quantitative methodology that addresses gender issues in the Doing Business project. The approach evaluates discrimination at the level of traditions with one of two quantitative methodological options that incorporate gender perspectives at the regulatory level.‘Doing Business’, la publication phare annuelle de la Banque Mondiale, affirme que la réforme de la réglementation est favorable aux femmes malgré l’absence explicite de prise en compte des facteurs sociaux ayant un impact sur la participation des femmes dans l’économie. Partant de notre constatation antérieure que la discrimination qui fait obstacle à la participation des femmes dans l’économie trouve ses racines dans les traditions et est maintenue par la réglementation, cet article propose une méthodologie combinant une approche qualitative et une approche quantitative pour aborder la question de l’égalité des sexes dans le projet ‘Doing Business’. Cette approche évalue la discrimination au niveau des traditions en appliquant une de deux méthodes quantitatives qui prennent en compte la question des différences entre les sexes au niveau de la réglementation.

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  • Aimée Hampel-Milagrosa, 2010. "Identifying and Addressing Gender Issues in Doing Business," The European Journal of Development Research, Palgrave Macmillan;European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), vol. 22(3), pages 349-362, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:eurjdr:v:22:y:2010:i:3:p:349-362

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    1. Welter, Friederike & Brush, Candida & De Bruin, Anne, 2014. "The gendering of entrepreneurship context," Working Papers 01/14, Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (IfM) Bonn.

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