David Yanagizawa-Drott, 07 May 2019

By custom, women in Saudi Arabia need the consent of either their husband or father to get a job. David Yanagizawa-Drott discusses research suggesting that that most Saudi men privately believe that women should be allowed to work, but they underestimate the extent to which other men share their views.

Jason Furman, Wilson Powell, 15 June 2018

The fraction of Americans employed fell between 2007 and 2017, during which time employment rates rose in many other advanced economies despite these countries also facing a similar headwind of an ageing population. This column shows how the biggest driver of this was employment among women, which stagnated in the US while increasing in most of the other advanced economies.

Yukiko Abe, Beata Javorcik, Naomi Kodama, 27 March 2016

Gender inequality is greater in Japan than in other developed countries, and in response the country has implemented steps towards improving female employment. This column presents new evidence suggesting that foreign companies are an unexpected ally in promoting female labour market participation. Foreign direct investment has the potential to improve the allocation of talent and contribute to faster economic growth.

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