Women Empowerment and Economic Development
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Women empowerment and economic development are closely related: in one direction, development alone can play a major role in driving down inequality between men and women; in the other direction, empowering women may benefit development. Does this imply that pushing just one of these two levers would set a virtuous circle in motion? This paper reviews the literature on both sides of the empowermentâ€“development nexus, and argues that the interrelationships are probably too weak to be self-sustaining, and that continuous policy commitment to equality for its own sake may be needed to bring about equality between men and women.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Economics
Journal of Economic Literature
American Economic Association
Duflo, Esther. “Women Empowerment and Economic Development.” Journal of Economic Literature 50, no. 4 (December 2012): 1051-1079.
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