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Women's Empowerment and Economic Development

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    Women’s 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 inter-relationships 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.

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    Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 8734.

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    Keywords: gender equality; women's empowerment;

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