Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/54143
Authors: 
Wolf, Alison
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Working paper // World Institute for Development Economics Research 2010,81
Abstract: 
This paper describes the very different role played by female elites in contemporary developing countries, as compared to the 'early' industrializing countries of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. It shows that women are far more important in business and politics in today's developing countries than they were in developed countries at a period when the latter had equivalent, and indeed significantly higher, levels of income per capita. It outlines the way in which this greater equality is rooted in educational opportunities; and argues that both educational provision, and women's entry into the elites, must be understood with reference to changing values and attitudes. They are not simply economically determined. Finally, the paper underlines the way in which these features of business and politics strengthen elite families in developing economies.
Subjects: 
elites
higher education
women
development
economic history
families
JEL: 
J16
J20
I23
O15
ISBN: 
978-92-9230-319-8
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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