As part of INU’s open call for Seed Money Funding, £2,500 has been awarded to a new project on Understanding how Social Norms & Public Policies shape opportunities and impact results in the labor market for women: a comparative analysis​”.

The project, which is led by Dr Ferran Mañe, Associate Professor, Department of Economics at
Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain) aims to explore the gender disparities in the labor market, using comparisons from different countries.  The project will take into consideration differences across countries in institutions as well as non-economic factors such as cultural or social norms, and public policies.

The project involves Faculty from four INU member universities; Parahyangan Catholic University (Indonesia), Stellenbosch University (South Africa), Malmö University (Sweden) and Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain).

The goal of this project is to expand the theoretical discussion and the empirical base on how gender inequality arises from differences in socially constructed gender roles  within society. The project team will:

  • Discuss and extend the theoretical base on the fundamental question of where social/cultural norms come from and how they evolve.
  • Establish and calculate a detailed set of indicators to measure social/cultural norms.
  • Compare different countries along the battery of indicators.
  • Estimate the impact of the indicators on the situation of females in the respective labor markets.
  • Develop norm-sensitive policy response

Dr  Mañe will be working alongside the following colleagues on this project:

  • Dr Tutik Rachmawati, Associate Professor, Public Administration Department, Parahyangan Catholic University (Indonesia)
  • Dr Debra Shepherd, Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
  • Dr Lisa Ringblom, Project Researcher, Department of Society, Culture and Identity, Malmö University (Sweden)
  • Dr Peter Gladoić Håkansson, Associate Professor, Department of Society, Culture and Identity, Malmö University (Sweden)

On behalf of INU, we wish the project team the best of luck for their research!