Many factors lie behind observed gender gaps in labor market outcomes in Latin American and the Caribbean. But one remains largely invisible: transport and urban mobility. Women in the region have greater childcare responsibilities and do more unpaid work at home than their male partners. As a study we recently conducted in the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires reveals, they … [Read more...] about Women and Urban Mobility: An Unfinished Agenda
Are Female Politicians More Honest than Male Politicians?
Numerous studies show that female politicians on the whole are associated with less corruption than male ones. But Ugo Troiano and I were able to demonstrate the phenomenon with convincing evidence in a published study comparing male and female mayors in Brazil. We found that female mayors were not only less likely to engage in administrative irregularities and patronage, like … [Read more...] about Are Female Politicians More Honest than Male Politicians?
Who’s the BO$$? What Lies Behind Women’s Economic Empowerment
Women have been consolidating their economic power in the region, increasing their autonomy within the family and commanding the attention of banking and other marketing sectors. In our newly released report, Social Pulse 2016: Realities and Perspectives, we find that the contribution of women to the total labor income of households in the region increased from 28% in 1996 to … [Read more...] about Who’s the BO$$? What Lies Behind Women’s Economic Empowerment
Can Women Change Politics?
Hillary Clinton’s June 14th victory in the Washington D.C. Democratic Party primary brings an end to a primary season that will see her coronated as the first woman to lead a major political party in the United States since George Washington assumed the presidency 227 years ago. If she wins —still a big “if”—she will become the first female president of the United States next … [Read more...] about Can Women Change Politics?
Pride and Frustration on Women’s Day
Latin America and the Caribbean celebrate International Women's Day March 8 with a mixture of pride and frustration. Pride, because women have dramatically increased their level of education and their participation in the labor force. Frustration, because they still have trouble breaking through the glass ceiling into top managerial positions and continue to earn less than men … [Read more...] about Pride and Frustration on Women’s Day