Gender Inequality and Trade

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Matthias Busse

Ruhr-University Bochum; HWWI - Hamburg Institute of International Economics

Christian Spielmann

Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) - World Economy

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Abstract

The paper empirically explores the international linkages between gender inequality and trade flows of a sample of 92 developed and developing countries. The focus is on comparative advantage in labor-intensive manufactured goods. The results indicate that gender wage inequality is positively associated with comparative advantage in labor-intensive goods, i.e. countries with a larger gender wage gap have higher exports of these goods. Also, gender inequality in labor force activity rates and educational attainment rates are negatively linked with comparative advantage in labor-intensive commodities.

Suggested Citation

Busse, Matthias and Spielmann, Christian, Gender Inequality and Trade. Review of International Economics, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 362-379, August 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=912564 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9396.2006.00589.x

Matthias Busse (Contact Author)

Ruhr-University Bochum ( email )

Faculty of Management and Economics, GC 3/145
D-44780 Bochum, DE 44780
Germany

HWWI - Hamburg Institute of International Economics

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Christian Spielmann

Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) - World Economy ( email )

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Germany
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