This Policy Research Report focuses on gender issues and their broad economic and social implications in developing and transitional countries. The report examines the conceptual and empirical links between gender, public policy, and development outcomes. The evidence presented shows that societies that discriminate by gender tend to experience less rapid economic growth and poverty reduction than societies that treat males and females more equally. To promote gender equality, the report proposes a 3-part strategy emphasizing (i) institutional reforms that promote equal rights for women and men; (ii) policies for sustained economic development; and (iii) active measures to redress persistent gender disparities. The report is based on a series of background papers, and electronic (web)discussion.
Engendering Development: Through Gender Equality in Rights, Resources, and Voice was written by Elizabeth M. King and Andrew D. Mason. Team members include Ananya Basu, Tai Lui Tan, Claudio E. Montenegro, and Lihong Wang compiled and analyzed data, prepared tables and graphs, wrote many of the boxes and appendixes, and carried out background research. Branko Jovanovic, Cristina Estrada and Owen Haaga provided additional research assistance. The report was carried out under the direction of Karen O. Mason and Lyn Squire.
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