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Smart Strategies for Getting More Women into the Workforce

A study shows women who undertake vocational training are more likely to join the labor force. Photo credit: ADB.
A study shows women who undertake vocational training are more likely to join the labor force. Photo credit: ADB.

Here is what works: quotas, training, skills matching, mobility, and childcare leave policies.

Introduction

Women in Asia are on average 70% less likely than men to be in the labor force. This gender gap persists despite steady economic growth, increased access to education, and the desire of most working-age women to become employed.

The current gender imbalance in the workforce in Asia and the Pacific is a misallocation of talent that limits productivity and curbs economic growth. Estimates show that the removal of gender bias in education, the labor market, and the household in a typical Asian economy would increase per capita income by 30% and aggregate income by 6% over a generation.

A recent Asian Development Bank study, Female Labor Force Participation in Asia: Key Trends, Constraints and Opportunities, examines the factors that have prevented women from entering the workplace and outlines a range of policies to reverse the trend.


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   Indonesia, Pakistan, People's Republic of China, Republic of Korea, Education, Gender
   Last updated: December 2016

 




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