Journal of Economic Growth

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 403–426 | Cite as

Gender Equality and Long-Run Growth

  • Nils-Petter Lagerlöf


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.

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  • Nils-Petter Lagerlöf
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  1. 1.Department of EconomicsYork UniversityTorontoCanada

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