Women Empowerment and Economic Development

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Esther Duflo

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Economics; Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD)

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Date Written: January 2012

Abstract

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 empowerment-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.

Keywords: gender equality, women's empowerment

JEL Classification: D1, O12, O15

Suggested Citation

Duflo, Esther, Women Empowerment and Economic Development (January 2012). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP8734. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1988666

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