Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/129865
Authors: 
Fodor, Éva
Horn, Dániel
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IEHAS Discussion Papers MT-DP - 2015/19
Abstract: 
Using the 2008 cross-sectional wave of the survey Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) and multi-level modeling techniques, this paper explores the macro-level determinants of the gender poverty gap in the ten post-socialist European Union member states. In dialogue with the literature on the impact of economic development on gender inequality in Asia and Latin America, we find that fast-paced, foreign capital led economic growth is associated with a larger gender poverty gap in Central and Eastern Europe, while generous welfare policies, specifically higher levels of spending on pensions and family policies are correlated with women's lower relative destitution. These findings evaluate the impact of neo-liberal style "economic development" on gender inequality in a geo-politically specific context and suggest that structural adjustment and global market integration may exacerbate women's vulnerability even when they are well equipped with human capital and other resources to compete with men in the labor market.
Subjects: 
economic development
poverty
gender
SILC
JEL: 
J16
P36
I32
C21
ISBN: 
978-615-5447-80-8
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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