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The Evolution of Gender Wage Inequality in Senegal Following the Economic Partnership Agreements

Franck Viroleau

No 2015-10, EconomiX Working Papers from University of Paris Nanterre, EconomiX

Abstract: There are considerable gender inequalities in the Senegalese labor market. As Senegal will open its trade with the European Union (EU) in the framework of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA), we can ask whether the new economic equilibrium will be associated with a rise or fall in labor-market gender inequality. We here use the most recent data from the National Statistic and Demographic Agency of Senegal to analyze, in a prospective manner, the evolution of pay by gender following EPA trade opening. Our ex-ante analysis is based on a computable general equilibrium model that includes a gender dimension. Our key finding is that, under the most likely hypothesis regarding the way in which lower Senegalese tariff revenues will be offset, trade opening will significantly increase population well-being, but at the same time increase the gender wage gap.

Keywords: Gender inequalities; Trade opening; CGEM; EPA; Senegal; Ex-ante evaluation; Public policy. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C68 D58 D61 D63 D78 F13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2015
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