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Does female economic empowerment promote development?

Pooja Balasubramanian, Marcela Ibanez, Sarah Khan and Soham Sahoo ()

No 17/2019, PEGNet Policy Briefs from PEGNet - Poverty Reduction, Equity and Growth Network, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)

Abstract: * The empirical evidence supports the view that female economic empowerment is key to end poverty and boost economic prosperity. * Key policies to promote development and reduce poverty are employment programs targeting female labor market participation, asset ownership and increased bargaining power of women within the household. * Social norms might limit the mobility of women and thereby prevent these effects from occurring. * The comparison of the effect of different interventions might be obscured by the lack of comparability in the measures used. * We recommend the adoption of a common framework for the analysis of the impact of interventions that promote female empowerment.

Date: 2019
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