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Why globalisation benefits some women more than others in the workplace


Globalisation may have been found to increase gender equality in the workplace, but far less is known about why this is the case and whether its benefits are distributed equally. Firms that export or are owned by parent companies overseas have a higher proportion of full-time, permanent women workers than firms that operate only in national markets, a report by Vienna University of Economics and Business has found.

Alessandra Bonfiglioli, a macroeconomist for the School of Economics and Finance told The Independent that globalisation brings opportunities for women, but only those who are engaged in occupations that require a certain degree of education. She said: "I like to think globalisation brings opportunities to close the gender gap. A recent study of mine focusing on German data providing very detailed information, reveals a more nuanced picture."

Read more on The Independent