Untangling links between trade, poverty and gender

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March 2008
Nicola Jones and Hayley Baker

This paper evaluates the gender dimensions of poverty and trade in Latin America. In particular, it notes that changes in employment, prices and social expenditures are three pathways linking trade and gender. Also, trade liberalisation may have positive or negative impacts, but there are risks for women. Therefore it argues that trade reforms must be complemented by social and labour policies to ensure that women can take full advantage of the new economic environment.

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