On the Origins of Gender Roles: Women and the Plough

  title={On the Origins of Gender Roles: Women and the Plough},
  author={Alberto F. Alesina and P. Giuliano and Nathan Nunn},
  journal={Agricultural & Natural Resource Economics eJournal},
  • Alberto F. Alesina, P. Giuliano, Nathan Nunn
  • Published 2011
  • Political Science, Economics
  • Agricultural & Natural Resource Economics eJournal
  • This paper seeks to better understand the historical origins of current differences in norms and beliefs about the appropriate role of women in society. We test the hypothesis that traditional agricultural practices influenced the historical gender division of labor and the evolution and persistence of gender norms. We find that, consistent with existing hypotheses, the descendants of societies that traditionally practiced plough agriculture, today have lower rates of female participation in… CONTINUE READING
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