Much attention is given to the existence and measurement of gender inequality, but relatively little attention is given to the economic costs that result from the presence of inequality. This topic was the focus of our November 2016 conference at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels. We invited a diverse group of speakers to discuss their research on the costs of inequality in the labour market and beyond. Published here are the conference papers of those proceedings. What is apparent is that while the quest for gender equality is a necessity in itself as a matter of justice and fairness, the existence – and persistence – of inequality has a significant effect on the economic performance of Europe.

  • Unlocking the Potential of Greater Female Employment in Europe

    Lone Engbo Christiansen, International Monetary Fund
    Huidan Lin, International Monetary Fund
    Joana Maria Pereira, International Monetary Fund
    Petia Topalova, International Monetary Fund
    Rima Turk, International Monetary Fund

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  • Gender Inequality and Growth in Europe

    Stephan Klasen, University of Göttingen
    Anna Minasyan, University of Göttingen

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  • The Gender Employment Gap: Costs and Policy Responses

    Martina Bisello, Eurofound
    Massimiliano Mascherini, Eurofound

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  • Gender and Inequality: Austerity and Alternatives

    Diane Perrons, Gender Institute LSE

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  • Gender Equality in Decision-Making Positions: The Efficiency Gains

    Paola Profeta, University Bocconi

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10.1007/s10272-017-0635-1

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