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Wednesday, April 12, 2006 

The Gender, Institutions and Development Data Base

The Gender, Institutions, and Development Data Base (GID) represents a new tool for researchers and policy makers to determine and analyse obstacles to women’s economic development. It covers a total of 162 countries and comprises an array of 50 indicators on gender discrimination. The data base has been compiled from various sources and combines in a systematic and coherent fashion the current empirical evidence that exists on the socio-economic status of women. Its true innovation is the inclusion of institutional variables that range from intrahousehold behaviour to social norms. Information on cultural and traditional practices that impact on women’s economic development is coded so as to measure the level of discrimination. Such a comprehensive overview of genderrelated variables and the data base’s specific focus on social institutions make the GID unique, providing a tool-box for a wide range of analytical queries and allowing case-by-case adaptation to specific research or policy questions.

GID and its documentation consists of

1. The database (Excel spreadsheet file,

2. A working paper (pdf, 607kb), which explains in detail the construction of the data base and its sources.

3. A policy insight (pdf, 159kb), which gives a brief introduction of the database.

The users are advised to read documentation
before using the database.

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