Michele Tertilt: the Economics of Women's rights. The Mary Paley and Alfred Marshall Lecture

Seminars - Applied Microeconomics
MICHELE TERTILT, University of Mannheim
12:30 - 13:45
Alberto Alesina Seminar Room 5.e4.sr04, floor 5, Via Roentgen 1



Two centuries ago, in most countries around the world, women were unable to vote, had no say over their own children or property, and could not obtain a divorce. Women have gradually gained rights in many areas of life, and this legal expansion has been closely intertwined with economic development. We aim to understand the drivers behind these reforms. To this end, we distinguish between four types of women’s rights—economic, political, labor, and body—and document their evolution over the past 50 years across countries. We summarize the political-economy mechanisms that link economic development to changes in women’s rights and show empirically that these mechanisms account for a large share of the variation in women’s rights across countries and over time.


Paper joint with Anne Hannusch (University of Mannheim), Matthias Doepke (London School of Economics and Northwestern University) and Laura Montenbruck (University of Mannheim).


For further information, please contact giovanna.tramontano@unibocconi.it.