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Investing in Women and Girls for a Gender Dividend

  • June 2016
  • Report
Belohlav, Kate
As countries around the world embark on a drive to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030, the concept of a demographic dividend is attracting increased attention among policymakers seeking more sustainable economies.

The gender dividend suggests that economies could be more productive and equitable by closing gender gaps in the labor market. A key factor in these labor market gender gaps is the fact that women tend to perform the bulk of unpaid dependent care and household work. These are substantial time burdens for women in comparison to men, and may prevent women from seeking better opportunities in the labor market. What is more, measuring this unpaid burden can provide additional insight into how much it prevents women from seeking more work in the paid labor market.

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