Special Issue "The Macroeconomics of Gender Inequality"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This special issue belongs to the section "Social Economics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2019)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. David Cuberes

Economics Department, Clark University, Worcester, MA 01610, USA
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Interests: urban economics; economic development and economic growth; macroeconomics
Guest Editor
Dr. Marc Teignier

Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitat de Barcelona, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
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Interests: economic growth; international trade; macroeconomics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Gender inequality is an unpleasant fact in most parts of the world, particularly in developing countries, where significant gaps between men and women are present in the labor market, as well as in political representation or bargaining power in the household. While some of these gaps are closing faster in today’s developing countries than they did in industrialized ones in the past, the prevalence of gender inequality is still high. For instance, as reported by the World Development Report 2012, women tend to be segregated in a few productive sectors, which translates into gaps in their earnings and productivity with respect to men. Another important aspect of gender inequality in the labor market that has not been much studied is the role of women in entrepreneurial activities. Although there are no reliable data on the percentage of women working as entrepreneurs in many developing countries, there exists some evidence that the value added of men and the profitability of firms owned by men is significantly higher than those of women. While all these gaps have obviously negative effect on women, they also affect the macroeconomy in many cases.
From this perspective, we welcome contributions to this Special Issue on the broad topic of macroeconomics of gender inequality. Contributors to this issue are invited to explore questions such as, but not limited to:

  • Misallocation of factors due to gender discrimination
  • Gender inequality and economic growth
  • Firm size and firm growth by gender
  • Determinants of entrepreneurship by gender
  • Household production
  • Time use within couples
  • Child leave and family friendly policies
  • Statistical discrimination
  • Supply and demand determinants of gender gaps

Dr. David Cuberes
Dr. Teignier Marc
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • gender inequality and economic growth
  • misallocation of resources
  • firm size by gender
  • household production
  • time use by couples
  • gender discrimination

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Gender Equality and Economic Diversification
Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(4), 118; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8040118
Received: 27 February 2019 / Revised: 31 March 2019 / Accepted: 3 April 2019 / Published: 11 April 2019
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We show that gender inequality decreases the variety of goods countries produce and export, in particular in low-income and developing countries. We argue that this happens through at least two channels: first, gender gaps in opportunity, such as lower educational enrollment rates for [...] Read more.
We show that gender inequality decreases the variety of goods countries produce and export, in particular in low-income and developing countries. We argue that this happens through at least two channels: first, gender gaps in opportunity, such as lower educational enrollment rates for girls than for boys, harm diversification by constraining the potential pool of human capital available in an economy. Second, gender gaps in the labor market impede the development of new ideas by decreasing the efficiency of the labor force. Our empirical estimates support these hypotheses, providing evidence that gender-friendly policies could help countries diversify their economies. Full article
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