by: Amanda Ellis, Daniel Kirkwood, Dhruv Malhotra
The East Asia and Pacific region as a whole has made substantial
progress in improving economic opportunities for women, but significant
intraregional differences and important challenges remain. Aspiring
entrepreneurs continue to face regulatory, institutional, and cultural
barriers to starting and operating businesses. These barriers, which
harm the economic prospects of individual women, also ultimately impede
poverty reduction and economic growth in the region’s countries
as a whole. Increasing participation in quantitative terms is not
enough. Genuine equality requires that women enjoy the same
opportunities as men—including opportunities to take
entrepreneurial risks and be their own bosses.
Researchers often find scant data on such barriers for
women—including limited access to assets, business regulatory and
governance issues, and obstructed avenues for expanding businesses and
trading with larger markets. Economic Opportunities for Women in the
East Asia and Pacific Region brings together the data for the first
time and conducts a systematic analysis. The authors present
recommendations and highlight entry points for policy changes that have
the potential to engender private sector development by increasing
economic opportunities for women in the region. The authors identify a
hierarchy of constraints and suggest areas for reform that may be
tailored to the needs of different countries.
A more level economic playing field can unlock hidden growth
potential. Bringing about greater economic equality will be a long-term
process and will require changes in institutions and established ways
of operating and doing business. It will also require changes in the
subtle, cultural contexts in which women-led businesses operate.
This book will interest policy makers, donors, nongovernmental
organizations, and researchers who want to further examine the
constraints holding back female entrepreneurs in East Asia and the
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