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Title:The construction of the social institutions and gender index (SIGI) PDF Logo
Authors:Branisa, Boris
Klasen, Stephan
Ziegler, Maria
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:Discussion papers, Ibero America Institute for Economic Research 184
Abstract:In this paper we construct the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) using variables of the OECD Gender, Institutions and Development database. Instead of measuring gender inequalities in education, health, economic or political participation, the SIGI allows a new perspective on gender issues. It is a composite measure of social institutions which are mirrored by societal practices and legal norms that produce inequalities between women and men in non-OECD countries. Empirical results confirm that the SIGI provides additional information to that of other wellknown gender-related indices.
Subjects:SIGI
Composite index
Gender inequality
Social institutions
OECD-GID database
JEL:D63
I39
J16
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Discussion Papers, IAI, Universität Göttingen

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