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Record number 558297
Title Randomization for women's economic empowerment? Lessons and limitations of randomized experiments
Author(s) Pieters, Janneke; Klasen, Stephan
Source World Development 127 (2020). - ISSN 0305-750X
Department(s) WASS
Development Economics
Publication type Non-refereed article in scientific journal
Publication year 2020

Worldwide, policy-makers and academics alike are searching for ways to enhance women's economic empowerment. One important route to economic empowerment – paid employment – still shows wide gender disparities. We discuss some lessons from randomized evaluations of microfinance, business training, and other interventions aimed at increasing women's employment and earnings. We then point at important barriers related to women's responsibility for childcare and domestic duties as well as other social norms. To improve policies for gender equality, we need to understand how norms affect women's labor market entry and trajectories, what works to mitigate their impact, and how they can change. We argue that RCTs can help us find answers, but that we also need to keep studying macroeconomic changes, non-randomized development and gender policy interventions, and large-scale micro-level panel data capturing employment dynamics.

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