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Gendered laws and women in the workforce

Marie Hyland (), Simeon Djankov () and Pinelopi Goldberg ()

No WP20-7, Working Paper Series from Peterson Institute for International Economics

Abstract: This paper provides the first global look at how gender discrimination by the law affects women’s economic opportunity and charts the evolution of legal inequalities over five decades. Using the World Bank’s newly constructed Women, Business and the Law database, it documents large and persistent gender inequalities, especially with regard to pay and treatment of parenthood. The paper finds positive correlations between more equal laws pertaining to women in the workforce and more equal labor market outcomes, such as higher female labor force participation and a smaller wage gap between men and women.

Keywords: Law; gender; discrimination (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J16 K38 N40 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-05
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