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A growth model with gender inequality in employment, human capital, and socio-political participation

Bassetti, Thomas and Favaro, Donata (2011): A growth model with gender inequality in employment, human capital, and socio-political participation.

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Abstract

This paper proposes an endogenous growth model in which gender inequality in employment has an important role in explaining different development dimensions such as socio-political participation, educational attainments, and working hours, in developed countries. Our model’s predictions are in line with some stylized facts observed across European countries: more equal societies have higher socio-political participation, devote less time to work, and present higher educational attainments and rates of economic growth than less equal ones. Our model suggests that promoting female employment must be accompanied by pro-family policies in order to sustain economic growth and improve quality of life.

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