Economic growth and gender

16 September, 2017 at 17:59 | Posted in Economics | 2 Comments

Wealth_And_Poverty_Of_NationsThe economic implications of gender discrimination are most serious. To deny women is to deprive a country of labor​ and talent, but — even worse — to undermine the drive to achievement of boys and men. One cannot rear young people in such wise that half of them think themselves superior by biology, without dulling ambition and devaluing accomplishment … To be sure, any society will have its achievers no matter what, if only because it has its own division of tasks and spoils. But it cannot compete with other societies that ask performance from the full pool of talent.

In general, the best clue to a nation’s growth and development potential is the status and role of women. This is the greatest handicap of Muslim Middle Eastern societies today, the flaw that most bars them from modernity.

Any economist who thinks that growth and development have​ little or nothing to do with cultural and religious imperatives ought to read Landes’ masterful survey of what makes some countries so rich and others so poor.



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  1. Read him and it and still not see how culture and religion account for economic development!

  2. The problem using broad statements about talent pools is that the statement is misleading. There is exactly 0 women in the top 100 chess player (the last time I checked), it is therfore the case that a male only group of top players is significantly stronger than a mixed group of female and male players.
    Broad statements dont win arguments.

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