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          Engendering Trade (English)
          Working paper by Do Quy-Toan, Levchenko Andrei, Raddatz Claudio, 2012, 44 pages
          Categories: Trade and Gender, Trade Policy Analysis and Trade Data Sources

          Inspired by the third Millennium Development Goal ("Promote gender equality and empower women"), this study discusses both theoretically and empirically how female empowerment is a source of comparative advantage that shapes a country's response to trade opening. Reciprocally, it shows that as countries integrate into the world economy, the costs and benefits of gender discrimination shift. The theory goes beyond a potential aggregate wealth effect associated with trade opening, and emphasizes the heterogeneity of impacts. On the one hand, countries in which women are empowered--measured by fertility rates, female labor force participation or female schooling--experience an expansion of industries that use female labor relatively more intensively. On the other hand, the gender gap is smaller in countries that export more in relatively femalelabor intensive sectors. In conclusion, the road to gender equality is paradoxically very specific to each country's productive structure and exposure to world markets.

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