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Integrating Equality - Globalization, Women’s Rights, and Human Trafficking

International Studies Quarterly, 57: 683-697, 2013

37 Pages Posted: 4 Jul 2012 Last revised: 24 Jul 2016

Seo-Young Cho

University of Marburg - School of Business & Economics

Date Written: May 31, 2013

Abstract

This paper empirically investigates whether globalization can improve women’s rights. Using panel data from 150 countries over the 1981-2008 period, I find that social globalization positively affects women’s economic and social rights. When controlling for social globalization however, economic globalization does not have any effect on women’s rights. Despite the positive effect of (social) globalization on women’s standing in a country, (marginalized) foreign women, proxied with inflows of human trafficking, are not beneficiaries of such ‘female-friendly’ globalization effects.

Keywords: economic and social globalization, women’s rights, human trafficking

JEL Classification: F15, J13, J16, O16, O19

Suggested Citation

Cho, Seo-Young, Integrating Equality - Globalization, Women’s Rights, and Human Trafficking (May 31, 2013). International Studies Quarterly, 57: 683-697, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2099326 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2099326

Seo-Young Cho (Contact Author)

University of Marburg - School of Business & Economics ( email )

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Marburg, Hessen 35037
Germany

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