Stephan Klasen
University of Göttingen
Stephan Klasen is professor of development economics at the University of Göttingen, Germany, where he also heads the Courant Research Center 'Poverty, equity, and growth in developing and transition countries.  He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University (where he completed a dissertation under the supervision of Amartya Sen on gender bias in mortality during the development process).  He has since held positions at the World Bank, King's College (Cambridge, UK) and the University of Munich, Germany.  His research focuses mostly on measurement, determinants and consequences of gender bias in developing countries.  He is also a member of the UN Committee on Development Policy as well as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Articles By Stephan Klasen
What explains the low and stagnating female labour force participation in India?
Posted On: 03 Mar 2017

Topics:   Jobs , Gender

In this article, Stephan Klasen gives an overview of the existing evidence on the supply- and demand-side drivers of female labour force participation in India.

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Can the female sarpanch deliver? Evidence from Maharashtra
Posted On: 23 Oct 2016

One-third of all seats in village councils are reserved for women. The government has proposed an increase in quota to 50%, and in the period of reservation from five to 10 years. Based on a survey conducted in Maharashtra, this column finds that availability of basic public services for women is better in female-headed villages - when the female head has been in the job for 3-3.5 years.
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How serious is the neglect of intra-household inequality in poverty measures in India?
Posted On: 01 Aug 2016


Poverty measurement at the household level assumes that the poverty status of all household members, irrespective of age and gender, is the same as that of the household. This column presents a framework to measure multidimensional poverty at the individual level and finds that intra-household inequality in poverty measures vastly increases the differences in poverty rates between genders and across age groups. The framework is especially important given that the World Bank plans to measure poverty rates for men and women separately.
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What explains the stagnation of female labour force participation in urban India?
Posted On: 27 Sep 2013

Topics:   Gender , Jobs

Over the past two decades, urban India has experienced expansion in women’s education, fertility decline and growth in white-collared jobs. Then why is it that female labour force participation has stagnated at around 18% since the 1980s? This column seeks to answer this question by exploring demand and supply side factors that influence female labour force participation.
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