Posts tagged as: gender

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    How COVID-19 affected women and children: Evidence from Bangladesh

    The COVID-19 pandemic swept through the world, disrupting people and economies. Bangladesh was especially susceptible to the negative economic impacts of the pandemic because of its strong ties to the global economy. These negative demand shocks persisted throughout and after the pandemic. To explore the effects of the pandemic on women and children in vulnerable...

    11 Jul 2022 | Emily Beam, Sohini Chaparala, Priya Mukherjee

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    Overcoming barriers to access and agency for women entrepreneurs in India

    Despite various policies aimed at fostering women entrepreneurship in India, few women-led businesses reach the same scale as their male counterparts. Traditional gender roles often inhibit women’s agency, risk-taking, and decision making in business, thereby necessitating policies that are specifically aimed at helping women achieve their entrepreneurial potential. In...

    18 May 2022 | Shubhranka Mondal

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    Gender and public service provision: Evidence from Sierra Leone

    A field experiment in Freetown, Sierra Leone, shows how a concentration of wealth in favour of men could lead to the provision of public goods preferred by men. This implies that wealth disparity between men and women can have gendered spillover effects for political participation and the demand for public services.   In 2020, women made up 50% of the population in...

    29 Mar 2022 | Laura Montenbruck

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    She wins: Electing women in ethnically divided societies

    The Indian Constitution reserves at least 33% of seats in rural local governments for women, and Bihar is among the nine states that have opted for 50% reservation. However, women remain heavily underrepresented at the state and central levels. This note investigates how gender interacts with caste, political campaigns, and experiences of discrimination, to shape...

    21 Mar 2022 | Arindam Banerjee, Sayan Banerjee, Charles Hankla, Kunal Singh, Anjali Thomas

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    Targeting teenagers to bridge the gender gap in education

    Achieving gender equality in education remains a distant goal in many developing countries, with the COVID-19 pandemic stalling progress on many fronts. Emerging research, however, is highlighting promising, cost-effective programmes and interventions that deserve policymaker attention.   Despite significant progress in the last 25 years on increasing girls’ literacy...

    15 Mar 2022 | Emilie Yam

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    Barriers for women in economics: A review of recent findings

    The field of economics is one of the most gender imbalanced fields in academia, skewing heavily towards men. In this blog, we focus on three inhibiting mechanisms driving these gender imbalances in the discipline, namely lack of recognition, poor work environments, and self-selection.   With only two Nobel economic prizes awarded to women (out of 89 awards) and...

    10 Mar 2022 | Ondine Berland, Oliver Harman, Ninon Moreau-Kastler

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    Preparing for urban floods in Mozambique: Can risk communication help?

    Climate change has increased the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, and small- and medium-sized low-income cities are particularly vulnerable. In a recent project, I study if communicating risk can help prepare urban households for inevitable shocks affecting their livelihoods. Early results show that an easily scalable video intervention increased flood...

    24 Feb 2022 | Stefan Leeffers

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    Rank and peer effects in higher education: Evidence from India

    A more selective academic environment benefits female students along multiple dimensions but male students fail to take advantage of this exposure College education is an important milestone in life. Consequently, there is acute pressure to enrol in more selective colleges as they are expected to provide better teachers, infrastructure, brand value, networking...

    10 Feb 2022 | Utteeyo Dasgupta, Subha Mani, Smriti Sharma, Saurabh Singhal

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    Leaders and citizens: Women’s political participation in India

    Women’s political participation has emerged as a key element of the discourse around the upcoming state elections in India. In this post, Nalini Gulati and Ella Spencer explore the evidence on various aspects of women’s political engagement in the country – representation in government, women as political leaders, and women as active citizens. According to the WEF...

    31 Mar 2021 | Nalini Gulati, Ella Spencer

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    Matter of mobility: Barriers to women’s work and education, and the dangers at home

    As countries across the world implemented lockdowns to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, both women and men have been largely confined to their homes but with differential impacts. In this post, Nikita Sharma discusses the pre-pandemic restrictions on the mobility of women in India – on account of social norms and safety concerns – as well as the dangers they face at...

    16 Mar 2021 | Nikita Sharma