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THE INFLUENCE OF WOMEN'S STATUS ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: A POOLED TIME SERIES CROSS-SECTIONAL ANALYSIS OF 126 COUNTRIES, 1980-2005

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THE INFLUENCE OF WOMEN'S STATUS ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: A POOLED TIME SERIES CROSS-SECTIONAL ANALYSIS OF 126 COUNTRIES, 1980-2005

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Title: THE INFLUENCE OF WOMEN'S STATUS ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: A POOLED TIME SERIES CROSS-SECTIONAL ANALYSIS OF 126 COUNTRIES, 1980-2005
Author: Rowland, Lynzie
Advisor(s): Tiano, Susan
Committee Member(s): Roberts, Aki
Santoro, Wayne
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of Sociology
Subject: Gender and Development
Women
Economic Growth
LC Subject(s): Women--Education--Economic aspects
Women--Employment--Economic aspects
Fertility, Human--Economic aspects
Economic development--Social aspects
Degree Level: Masters
Abstract: The role of women in development has generated countless studies devoted to illuminating distinct aspects of women’s lives and experiences. Several theories, developmentalism and social feminism, were created as a response to modernization theory’s inattention to the roles of women in the process of development. Developmentalism has focused on the influence of the improved status of women on economic development. This study examines this association from the developmentalist perspective for 126 countries every five years between 1980 and 2005. Additionally, this paper investigates the linking mechanisms of women’s status to economic development. Secondary data acquired from the World Bank website was used to assess this relationship using a pooled time series cross-sectional analysis with two way fixed effects. My findings indicate that “the” status of women does not exist. However, several aspects of women’s lives and experiences (education, employment and reproduction) have an influence on economic growth. Women’s fertility and infant mortality rates were found to mediate the effects of female secondary schooling rates and female labor force participation rates on economic development.
Graduation Date: December 2011
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/17451


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