Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/109028
Authors: 
Yoon, Jisu
Klasen, Stephan
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Courant Research Centre: Poverty, Equity and Growth - Discussion Papers 173
Abstract: 
In this paper the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) is constructed with Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and Partial Least Squares (PLS). Using the SIGI, we test the effects of social institutions related to gender inequality on several development outcomes, such as female education, fertility, child mortality and corruption, controlling for relevant determinants. As the measure of corruption we use the Corruption Perception Index (CPI), considering alternative weighting procedures using PCA and PLS. We find that gender inequality in social institutions has significant effect on fertility and corruption regardless of the weighting procedure, while for female education and child mortality only the SIGI based on PLS generates significant results.
Subjects: 
Social Institutions and Gender Index
SIGI
Corruption Perception Index
CPI
Principal Component Analysis
PCA
Partial Least Squares
PLS
non-metric variables
JEL: 
C43
J16
B54
D73
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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