Journal of Economic Growth

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 403–426

Gender Equality and Long-Run Growth


  • Nils-Petter Lagerlöf
    • Department of EconomicsYork University

DOI: 10.1023/A:1026256917489

Cite this article as:
Lagerlöf, N. Journal of Economic Growth (2003) 8: 403. doi:10.1023/A:1026256917489


This research suggests that long-run economic and demographic development in Europe can be better understood when related to long-term trends in gender equality, dating back to the spread of Christianity. We set up a growth model where gaps in female-to-male human capital arise at equilibrium through a coordination process. An economy which over a long stretch of time re-coordinates on continuously more equal equilibria—as one could argue happened in Europe—exhibits growth patterns qualitatively similar to that of Europe.

gender equality long-run growth coordination

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