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Can cash transfers increase fertility rates?

Most developed countries with relatively high fertility rates around replacement level (2,1 children per women), like France or the Nordic countries, have a comprehensive mix of different family policy instruments. The reason why these countries have been experiencing a re-increase … Continue reading

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Global Gender Gap Report 2012 – fragile progress for women’s political empowerment

The Global Gender Gap Report 2012 emphasizes persisting gender gap divides across and within regions. The 2012 version finds that the majority of countries have made only a slow progress on closing gender gaps. Most highly developed countries score well … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day 2012: Time for quotas!

The International Women’s Day on March 8 traditionally celebrates women’s economic, political and social achievements. On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2012, time is ripe to ask why gender gaps persist in many fields. Gender quotas in business and … Continue reading

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Economists for gender quotas in parliaments!

Around the world, women are still largely underrepresented in politics. Can political affirmative action for women reduce this gender bias? While women have the legal right to equal participation in politics in almost every country around the world, they remain … Continue reading

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Reducing the gender wage gap in Europe – how to tackle the task ?

Women in Europe currently earn on average 17.5% less than men. Even though there is an increasing political will to reduce the gender wage gap, initiatives often do not have much impact, as the real reasons for the persisiting gender … Continue reading

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Why French women suceed better in balancing work and family life than German women.

Although Germany and France bear many similarities regarding economics, politics and institutions as compared to other European countries, the birth rate and full-time female labour force participation rate are significantly lower in Germany. Both in France and in Germany, there … Continue reading

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Italian women put up the fight!

Recently, Italian women organised massive protests against Premier Silvio Berlusconi, who is actually under investigation for allegedly paying for sex with a 17-year-old girl. However, Berlusconi’s recent blunder only was the catalyst for the protests and not the only reason. … Continue reading

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