The Historical Gender Gap Index: A Longitudinal and Spatial Assessment of Sweden, 1870-1990

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This paper investigates the evolution of gender equality in Sweden during a phase characterized by industrialization, urbanization, and demographic transition. To this end, we build a database with quantitative indicators to construct a spatial Historical Gender Gap Index. We find that after a period of stagnation, Sweden made significant progress in closing the gender gap from the 1940s onward to reach the high level of gender equality that it is now famous for. The empirical exploration of the relationship between gender equality and economic development reveals that regions displaying higher gender equality performed economically better than less gender-equal regions.
Originalspråkengelska
Sidor (från-till)943-980
TidskriftJournal of Economic History
Volym83
Nummer4
Tidigt onlinedatum2023 okt. 30
DOI
StatusPublished - 2023

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  • Ekonomisk historia

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