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Gender discrimination in education, health, and labour market: a voice for equality

Haroon Ur Rashid Khan, Anwar Khan, Khalid Zaman (), Agha Amad Nabi, Sanil S. Hishan and Talat Islam
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Haroon Ur Rashid Khan: King Abdulaziz University
Anwar Khan: Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia
Khalid Zaman: Abbottabad University of Science & Technology
Agha Amad Nabi: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, UTM
Sanil S. Hishan: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, UTM
Talat Islam: University of the Punjab

Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, 2017, vol. 51, issue 5, 2245-2266

Abstract: Abstract The objective of the study is to examine the impact of gender discrimination in education, health, and labour market on economic growth in a panel of 20 high-income OECD countries for the period of 1980–2015. In addition, the study proposed an index of pro-equality growth, which is flared with education, health, and labour market initiatives to promote economic growth. The results show that gender parity index for educational attainment significantly promotes economic growth while health and labour market required substantial policy reforms to reduce health and labour market inequalities to sustain long-term economic growth. The results classified three countries as highly equitable growth, one country for equitable growth, two countries are moderate growth, four countries are less equitable growth while remaining 10 countries fall in the category of inequitable growth, where greater inequality promotes economic growth on the cost of education, health, and labour market inequalities.

Keywords: Gender discrimination; Education equity; Health equity; Labour market equity; Pro-equality growth index; High income OECD countries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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