Macrohistory Seminar: Faustine Perrine (Lund University)

Event details

  • | Thursday, January 21
  • 12:15 PM
  • Kaiserplatz 7-9, 4th floor, Room 4.006

Gender equality during the French Development Process

The enlightenment of the long-run relationship between gender equality and economic growth is hampered by the lack of information and resources on the various dimensions of gender equality. This paper is a first attempt to assess the size of the gender gap in a historical perspective. Exploiting a unique census-based dataset of 86 French counties in the mid-19th century, I construct a Historical Gender Gap Index measuring the size of the gap between men and women in three critical areas: economic opportunities, educational attainment, and health. The county comparisons afford the identification of the strengths and weaknesses of French regions in closing the gender gap. I find that France can be divided into two main areas. In particular, I show that Northern counties that have succeeded the best in narrowing the gap display better economic performance.

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