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Social Institutions, Gender Inequality, and Regional Convergence in Developing Countries


Boris Branisa Caballero

This book contributes to the understanding of gender and regional inequalities in developing countries. First, it deals with social institutions related to gender inequality and proposes new composite indices to measure them. Using these indices, some interesting empirical connections between social institutions related to gender inequality and several relevant development outcomes are examined at the cross-country level. The second part of the book is concerned with the historical development of another type of inequality which is relevant for developing countries: inequality between regions. The topic of regional convergence in Colombia during the last quarter of the 20th century is analyzed using different approaches and focusing on both income and social indicators.
Boris Branisa Caballero studied Economics and Finance at the University of Geneva and obtained a PhD in Economics from the University of Göttingen. During his PhD studies he completed the PhD Program ‘Applied Statistics and Empirical Methods’ of the Center of Statistics at the same university, and worked as a consultant for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). He had previously held several positions at the Central Bank of Bolivia and is presently conducting postdoctoral research at the University of Mannheim.