Values of gender equality and specialization: Differences between EU regions


  • Eduardo Quispe Salazar Fundación Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • Carlos San Juan Mesonada Universidad Carlos III de Madrid



Equality, gender, values


We empirically contrast the Boserup hypothesis for the regions of the European Union. We relate the dominant productive orientation in each region (plough, hoe, animal) with indicators of gender equality: female participation in management positions, in primary education, in higher education, in the labor market and the average hourly wage. Using a Probit model we find that, consistently with the hypothesis, there is a negative relationship between indicators and plough agriculture. Additionally, we prove that livestock-oriented regions also generate less egalitarian gender values than hoe-oriented regions.


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Carlos San Juan Mesonada, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Departamento de Economía.

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