Trade liberalization can create economic opportunities for poor
people. But are these opportunities available to men and women equally?
Do the gender disparities in access to education, health, credit, and
other resources limit the gains from trade and the potential benefits
to poor women? This volume introduces the gender dimension into
empirical analyses of the links between trade and poverty, which can
improve policy making.
The collection of chapters in this book is close to an ideal
macro-micro evaluation technique that explicitly assesses the
importance of gender in determining the poverty effects of trade
shocks. Part I, relying on ex ante simulation approaches, focuses on
the macroeconomic links between trade and gender, where labor market
structure and its functioning play a key role. Part II concentrates on
micro models of households and attempts to identify the ex post effects
of trade shocks on household income levels and consumption choices. It
also addresses questions about possible changes in inequality within
households due to improved economic opportunities for women.
Gender Aspects of the Trade and Poverty Nexus will be
invaluable to policy makers, development practitioners and researchers,
journalists, and students.
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