A Gender Equality Index for the Italian Regions

33 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2013

Date Written: June 21, 2013

Abstract

A gender gap indicator is constructed for the Italian regions, with the aim of highlighting the geographical differences underlying Italy’s backwardness at European and international level. The indicator, which adapts the Gender Equality Index developed by Plantenga et al. (2009) for 25 European countries, considers four dimensions: work (counting both employment and unemployment), income, political and economic representation and use of time. The indicator can be interpreted as a gauge of the progress made towards gender equality. A limited number of regions, led by Piedmont and Emilia Romagna, are approximately half-way down the path, while a larger group is positioned around the Italian average, i.e. one-third down the path. By contrast, all the southern regions (except Sardinia) lag far behind. Overall, the value of the indicator in 2010 does not differ significantly compared with 2005.

Keywords: gender gap, gender index, employment

JEL Classification: J16, D63, I31

Suggested Citation

Amici, Monica and Stefani, Maria Lucia, A Gender Equality Index for the Italian Regions (June 21, 2013). Bank of Italy Occasional Paper No. 190, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2303704 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2303704

Monica Amici

Bank of Italy ( email )

Via Nazionale 91
Rome, 00184
Italy

Maria Lucia Stefani (Contact Author)

Bank of Italy ( email )

Via Nazionale 91
Rome, 00184
Italy

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