The use of entropy index for gender inequality analysis

  • V.U Ekhosuehi
  • A.A Osagiede
Keywords: Entropy, gender inequality, Millennium Declaration, randomness.


In the Millennium Declaration, the proportion (or ratio) of females to males in a given sector is used as the indicator for gender inequality. A critical limitation in the proportion (or ratio) statistic is that it does not include randomness in gender disparity over a period of time. It is well-known that randomness, which is a key ingredient in studying the behaviour of a system, is measured using entropy. This paper presents the use of entropy as an alternative measure for gender inequality in a sector of an economy.

KEYWORDS: Entropy; gender inequality; Millennium Declaration; randomness.


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