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Towards a Fresh Start in Measuring Gender Equality: A Contribution to the Debate

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  • A. Geske Dijkstra

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Both the Gender-related Development Index (GDI) and the Gender Empowerment Measure (GEM) represent a “false start” in measuring gender equality. This is because they do not measure gender (in)equality as such, but an odd combination of absolute welfare levels and gender equality that is not easy to interpret. This note argues that the United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Report Office should take the lead in either constructing a new index for measuring gender equality or elaborating a revised GDI and revised GEM that do measure gender equality. Detailed recommendations are given for both possibilities on how this can be done, partly on the basis of a brief review of alternatives presented in the literature.

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  • A. Geske Dijkstra, 2006. "Towards a Fresh Start in Measuring Gender Equality: A Contribution to the Debate," Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 7(2), pages 275-283.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jhudca:v:7:y:2006:i:2:p:275-283
    DOI: 10.1080/14649880600768660
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    1. Costantini, Valeria & Monni, Salvatore, 2009. "Gender disparities in the Italian regions from a human development perspective," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 38(2), pages 256-269, March.
    2. Seguino, Stephanie, 2011. "Help or Hindrance? Religion's Impact on Gender Inequality in Attitudes and Outcomes," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 39(8), pages 1308-1321, August.
    3. Agha, Suzanne, 2009. "Structural correlates of female homicide: A cross-national analysis," Journal of Criminal Justice, Elsevier, vol. 37(6), pages 576-585, November.

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    Gender equality; Human development; Measurement;

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