A Model of Gendered Production in Colonial Africa and Implications for Development in the Post-Colonial Period

31 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016

Date Written: May 1, 2013

Abstract

This paper proposes a model to analyze the implications of colonial policies for gender inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa. The model emphasizes segmentation of production under complete specialization. It shows that the colonial production model, underpinned by occupational job segregation in the agricultural sector and gender bias in the non-agricultural sector, exacerbated gender inequality by limiting employment opportunities for women outside the realm of home production and subsistence agriculture. Over the past few decades, the resilience of parameters underlying these models of colonial production has heightened the risks of macroeconomic volatility in the region, especially where the structural transformation from low to high-value-added activities has remained elusive.

Keywords: Economic Theory & Research, Labor Policies, Rural Development Knowledge & Information Systems, Gender and Development, Population Policies

Suggested Citation

Fofack, Hippolyte, A Model of Gendered Production in Colonial Africa and Implications for Development in the Post-Colonial Period (May 1, 2013). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 6438. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2262659

Hippolyte Fofack (Contact Author)

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States

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