Category Archives: Gender

Great story on gender equality (er, lack thereof) in professional labor markets in Japan

Yuka Ogata, one of the few women in the Kumamoto municipal assembly in southwestern Japan, petitioned the council last year to let her breast-feed during sessions. Her request was rejected. She then asked for day care to be provided and … Continue reading

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More annals of correlations wrongly attributed as causation: The more equal women and men are, the less they want the same things

I can’t believe that Science published this without referees strenuously objecting and recommending that the language be modified. But I guess in academia clickbait is becoming the norm, too. And nothing is more clickbaitable than “men from Mars, women from … Continue reading

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Sexual harassment in factories in Indonesia: extraordinary short documentary

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Great summary of World Bank report on restrictions on women’s equality around the world

The Women, Business and the Law report is out, and here is a nice summary from PS magazine: A major barrier raised in the report is women’s right to work at night. Women are prevented from working the same night … Continue reading

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Measuring attitudes towards gender norms, pilot results from Save the Children

In Sierra Leone and Cote d’Ivoire, data on gender attitudes have been used as a discussion point with community members who have volunteered to be Gender Champions – leading their communities in identifying gender disparities and developing their own strategies … Continue reading

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Oil discoveries did not change female labor force participation in southwest U.S.

Am teaching the paper by Michael Ross on oil, Islam and women.  Here is a nice paper by Stephan Maurer and Andrei Victor Potlogea that addresses the question with far better data and methods. Fueling the Gender Gap? Oil and … Continue reading

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For people who teach de Mel, McKenzie and Woodruff (returns to women micro-entrepreneurs =0!)… a possible important new complication

In a 2009 paper, David McKenzie and coauthors Chris Woodruff and Suresh de Mel find that giving cash grants to male entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka has a positive and significant return, while giving the same to women did not. David … Continue reading

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Gender in China in 2017

An Junxi’s father really wanted a son. “But I was born a girl, so my dad just thought, ‘Well, she’s young, so we’ll just dress her up like a boy,’” Ms. An said, straddling a lounge chair — full manspread … Continue reading

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Estimates of Missing Women in Twentieth Century China

The sex ratio at birth in China began to deviate from the normal range in the early 1980s, and has continued to rise during the past three decades. Though some optimistic research studies assert that the sex ratio at birth … Continue reading

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The Sex Ratio at Birth for 5,338,853 Deliveries in China from 2012 to 2015: A Facility-Based Study

Seems like exactly the kind of study needed to confirm that the sex ratio is and has been skewed, and the issue was not just an underreporting problem as argued by Shi and Kennedy. There were 2,785,513 boys and 2,549,269 … Continue reading

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Great first paragraph in senior thesis on woman-seclusion in Hausa households

From a senior thesis by Jason Chumley, “Work, Agriculture and the Rise of Female House Seclusion in Post-Colonial Hausaland” (1997) See also, Katja Werthman, “Matan Bariki , ‘Women of the Barracks’ Muslim Hausa Women in an Urban Neighbourhood in Northern … Continue reading

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For everyone who served on a committee that had to write a report

Bottom line? I express as gender female at the university. Gender Differences in Accepting and Receiving Requests for Tasks with Low Promotability Linda Babcock, Maria P. Recalde, Lise Vesterlund and Laurie Weingart Gender differences in task allocations may sustain vertical … Continue reading

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Short life expectancy of Russian men… too much vodka

In my econometrics class we measure the number of missing women using the World Development Indicators, and in Russia and Eastern Europe the numbers reveal missing men. The reason seems straightforward. The study, published in the Lancet, found Russian male … Continue reading

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Dakar-based photographer Fabrice Monteiro…

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Are Women Better Bankers to the Poor? Evidence from Rural Microfinance Institutions

In some ways pretty surprising that the gender of MFI CEOs would matter. So before repeating to colleagues, take the time to read paper (unlike me) and determine whether methods reasonable. Abstract: Microfinance Institutions MFIs provide financial services to the … Continue reading

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Formalizing Land Rights in Madagascar…. gender effects

I am reading an excellent article by Marit Widman in Feminist Economics on land tenure reforms in the 2000s in Madagascar. Well-written, informative and to the point. A case study of one province with a reasonably large sample confirms every … Continue reading

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Monica Das Gupta offers a short introduction to son preference and imbalanced sex ratios

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Why did gender equality in secondary schooling in Africa stall after 2000?

Just an artifact of the statistics, or did something actually happen across the continent?  I confess I have no idea.  Do you?

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Meanwhile, in Africa, heights barely budged…

The data from Africa very strongly suggests height did not improve over past 50 years.  There are a number of sources.  Here is a good NYTimes summary. The average height of European males increased by an unprecedented 11 cm between … Continue reading

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