Would Empowering Women Initiate the Demographic Transition in Least Developed Countries?
We examine the pathways by which several dimensions of gender inequalityaffect fertility and growth in a model with nonunitary households.This approach allows for a corner regime with maximum fertility, theabsence of women from the labor market, and gender inequality in education.Policies to ease countries out of the corner regime are promotingmothers' survival and curbing infant mortality, while reducingthe social and institutional gender gap (SIGG) is useless. In theinterior regime, parents consider the impact of their children's educationon their future marital bargaining power, and reducing the SIGG lowersfertility and fosters growth. (c) 2010 by The University of Chicago. Allrights reserved.
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