Latin America and Caribbean Poverty and Labor Brief, August 2012 : The Effect of Women's Economic Power in Latin America and the Caribbean World Bank 2012-11-29T20:31:19Z 2012-11-29T20:31:19Z 2012-08
dc.description.abstract For the last decade, economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) has sharply accelerated, pushing poverty and inequality to historic lows in the most unequal region in the world. In 2012, as the world’s ongoing economic problems make optimistic predictions less certain and threaten to undermine gains against poverty and inequality, it is critical to understand the structural forces that have promoted recent positive social outcomes. This report explores how women in the region have played a critical role in achieving the poverty declines of the last decade, with their labor market participation rates growing 15 percent from 2000 to 2010. It further considers how future progress will require increased female economic power and more effective policies to promote it. If female labor income had remained the same during this period, holding all else constant, extreme poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean would have been 30 percent higher in 2010. In other words, 17.7 percent of the population in the region would have been below the extreme poverty rate, compared to the actual 14.6 percent. The report suggests focusing public policy on three priorities: expanding female labor market opportunities; improving female agency which — while important in its own right — has important potential benefits for equality of economic opportunities and assets, and supporting the growing number of poor single female-headed households. Along with these suggested policy priorities, strong monitoring and evaluation systems should be included to every extent possible. en
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-8213-9770-1
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher Washington, DC
dc.relation.ispartofseries Latin America and Caribbean Poverty and Labor Brief;August 2012
dc.rights CC BY 3.0 IGO
dc.rights.holder World Bank
dc.subject Agency
dc.subject Economic power
dc.subject Gender equality
dc.subject Growth
dc.subject Inequality
dc.subject Labor market
dc.subject Poverty
dc.subject Women
dc.title Latin America and Caribbean Poverty and Labor Brief, August 2012 : The Effect of Women's Economic Power in Latin America and the Caribbean en
dspace.entity.type Publication
okr.crosscuttingsolutionarea Gender 2012-11-29
okr.doctype Publications & Research :: Publication
okr.globalpractice Social Protection and Labor
okr.globalpractice Poverty
okr.globalpractice Health, Nutrition, and Population 74103
okr.language.supported en
okr.region.administrative Latin America & Caribbean
okr.region.geographical Caribbean
okr.region.geographical Latin America
okr.topic Gender
okr.topic Poverty Reduction
okr.topic Social Protections and Labor
okr.topic Health, Nutrition and Population
okr.unit LCRVP
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