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Female Empowerment and Economic Growth

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Title: Female Empowerment and Economic Growth
Authors: Dahlum, Sirianne
Knutsen, Carl Henrik
Mechkova, Valeriya
Issue Date: Jun-2020
Organization: V-Dem Institute
Series/Report no.: Working Papers
Abstract: We discuss how inclusive institutions enhance technological change, the main driver of long-term economic growth. Specifically, institutions that promote female political empowerment advance technological change through a) increasing the number and variability of new ideas introduced in the economy and b) improving the selection of more efficient ideas. We test different implications from our argument by measuring three aspects of empowerment - descriptive representation, civil liberties protec... more
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