Measuring socio-economic gender inequality: towards an alternative to the UNDP gender-related development index

A. Geske Dijkstra, Lucia Hanmer

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Abstract

This paper assesses UNDP's Gender-Related Development Index (GDI). It concludes that the GDI suffers from several limitations. The GDI is to a large extent based on the HDI (Human Development Index). It attempts to incorporate a measure of gender equity into a measure of absolute levels of human development. This paper argues that a separate measure of gender inequality is needed, in order to increase both its policy and its theoretical relevance. A separate measure of gender inequality will also improve its validity, since the indicators used for the HDI, and thus for the GDI, are shown not to be the most appropriate for measuring gender inequality. The second part of the paper develops a conceptual framework that can form the basis for an alternative measure.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDen Haag
PublisherInternational Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Number of pages34
Publication statusPublished - 1997

Publication series

SeriesISS working papers. General series
Number251
ISSN0921-0210

Series

  • ISS Working Paper-General Series

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