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Chick-enomics

Here is the intro. for my column to commemorate International Women’s Day…

The sheer number of news articles and columns on International Women’s Day seems to highlight women’s woes in Turkey.

… and here’s the conclusion:

So by getting women into the labor force, we may be hitting two birds (no pun intended) with one stone.

You can read the whole thing here, but the two stones are women’s labor force participation and violence against women. The main idea of the column is that you can actually decrease violence against women by getting them into the workforce.

By the way, Hurriyet Daily News has covered the Gender Gap report that I mentioned in the column as well.

I have made it a tradition to write about women’s woes in Turkey from an economist’s point of view every year around International Women’s day. Last year’s and the year before’s columns had a lot of descriptive statistics on women’s labor market issues in Turkey. The data have naturally changed, but the main trends I had mentioned have not…

Finally, here are a couple of links I looked at before writing the column. I am providing them below, not only for the interested reader, but also for myself- they may prove to be useful the same time next year:

World Bank page on gender equality

4 World Bank knowledge products on gender

United Nations The World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics

3 Responses to “Chick-enomics”

Emre Deliveli edeliveliMarch 23rd, 2012 at 9:33 pm

I knew I would get burned by the title… I was planning to write a few sentences to explain, but I had to leave in a hurry.Anyway, the idea was to raise interest and point to women's woes in Turkey by using a seemingly sexist title…But anyone who reads the article will agree that there is nothing sexist (or anti-semitic for that matter, “arbeit macht frei” simply summarizes the paper I refer to, as working does liberate women) in the column.Actually, the column, got approved, with the same title, by the editors at Hurriyet Daily News, who are very sensitive with these matters. They obviously didn't think, given the contents, that the title was problematic. The readers at Hurriyet Daily News were OK with it as well, but they are used to my weird titles and more generally “antics”…Sent by BlackBerry Internet Service from Turkcell

Emre Deliveli edeliveliMarch 23rd, 2012 at 9:42 pm

BTW, I just noticed you haven't seen the whole thing: The editors at Economonitor have (wisely) cut the arbeit part, although it can be seen from the link…Shit, I should not have mentioned that at all:)…Or maybe you saw it when you clicked to read the article…Sent by BlackBerry Internet Service from Turkcell