Gender Roles and Technological Progress

  title={Gender Roles and Technological Progress},
  author={Stefania Albanesi and Claudia Olivetti},
Until the early decades of the 20th century, women spent more than 60% of their primeage years either pregnant or nursing. Since then, improved medical knowledge and obstetric practices reduced the time cost associated with women’s reproductive role. The introduction of infant formula also reduced women’s comparative advantage in infant care, by providing an e¤ective breast milk substitute. Our hypothesis is that these developments enabled married women to increase their participation in the… CONTINUE READING
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