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Politico-Economic Regimes and Attitudes: Female Workers under State Socialism

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  • Pamela Campa

    (SITE – Stockholm School of Economics)

  • Michel Serafinelli

    (University of Essex and IZA)

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This paper investigates whether attitudes are affected by politico-economic regimes. We exploit the efforts of state socialist regimes to promote women's economic inclusion. Using the German partition after World War II, we show that women from East-Germany are more likely to place importance on career success compared to women from West-Germany. Further, the population at large in East Germany is less likely to hold traditional gender role attitudes. Examining possible mechanisms, we find that the change in attitudes under the East German regime was larger in areas where the growth in female employment was larger. A comparison of Eastern versus Western Europe confirms these results.

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  • Pamela Campa & Michel Serafinelli, 2019. "Politico-Economic Regimes and Attitudes: Female Workers under State Socialism," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 101(2), pages 233-248, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:101:y:2019:i:2:p:233-248
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