ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Recasting Indices for Developing Countries-A Gender Empowerment Measure

A Gender Empowerment Measure Aasha Kapur Mehta This paper tries to construct three measures of gender empowerment based on the following indicators: representation in Lok Sabha, state legislatures, gram panchayats, panchayat samitis and zilla parishads; the literacy rate; exercise of the right to vote; life expectancy and income. The scores and ranks obtained by the 16 states for each of these variables, the author suggests, reveal gender-based disparities that can be meaningfully used by policy-makers and analysts.

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