This talk will draw from the recent OECD Trade Policy Paper No. 246 Trade and Gender: A Framework of Analysis that was co-authored by Jane Korinek, Evdokia Moïsé and Jakob Tange.
Closing gender gaps makes good economic sense, as outlined in the paper that suggests a specific set of policies across a wide range of areas, including trade, to advance the aim of women’s economic empowerment. Although trade policies are not de jure discriminatory, they impact women and men differently due to dissimilar initial conditions. Mapping the channels and interactions between trade and gender for women as workers, consumers, and business owners shows that: (i) trade impacts women workers differently to men in part because they are employed in different sectors — in OECD countries, more often in services; (ii) trade lowers prices for consumers, which particularly increases the purchasing power of more vulnerable groups, where women are disproportionately represented; and (iii) higher trade costs impede smaller businesses’ access to international markets more than large firms, which impacts women who tend to own and lead smaller businesses.
The paper proposes a framework for analysing the impacts of trade and trade policies on women that policy makers can use to ensure that trade in their country support women’s economic empowerment. Short clip about the paper.
Jane Korinek, Economist, Trade in Services Division, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD
Stephanie Honey, Deputy Executive Director and Lead Staffer, ABEC Business Advisory Council (NZ), Associate Director, New Zealand International Business Forum
Questions and discussion will also engage Evdokia Moïsé, and Jakob Tange, both senior Trade Policy Analysts in the Emerging Policy Issues Division, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD
Moderator: Mia Mikic, ARTNeT