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The Generational Perspective of Gender Gap and Discrimination in Southern Europe

Castellano, Rosalia and Punzo, Gennaro and Rocca, Antonella (2012): The Generational Perspective of Gender Gap and Discrimination in Southern Europe.

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Abstract

The paper aims at investigating gender differentials in education and wage across four developed countries of southern Europe (Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain), taking into account the generational transmission of preferences and some peculiarities of gender equality policies implemented in each national legislative framework. More precisely, a set of α-indexes – which reflect the whole wage and educational distributions of women – is computed to explore the different extent to which these gaps can be attributed to discrimination. Country-specific differentials are sketched and the often controversial role of national contexts in shaping gender discrimination is discussed.

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