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Economic Opportunities for Women in the East Asia and Pacific Region

Figure 1.5 Global Correlation of Early Marriage and Female/Male Paid Worker Ratio, Selected East Asian and Pacific Economies Highlighted a. General correlation ratio of females to males in paid work, %

Mongolia

100

Hong Kong, China Thailand Singapore Philippines

Vietnam

Malaysia

50

Indonesia Fiji

Lao PDR

0 0

20 40 60 80 girls (15–19 yrs) currently married, divorced, or widowed, %

ratio of females to males in paid work, %

b. Controlling for GDP per capita 50

Mongolia

Thailand Hong Kong, China

Vietnam Philippines

0

Malaysia Indonesia

Singapore

Lao PDR

Fiji

–50 –20 –10 0 10 20 girls (15–19 yrs) currently married, divorced, or widowed, %a

Source: International Labour Organization Key Indicators of the Labour Market database, latest available data, 1981–2008. Note: GDP = gross domestic product. a. coef = –1.2393199, se = .27765358, t = –4.46.

Broadly speaking, the following issues, all important to women’s economic opportunity, must be addressed to varying degrees throughout the region: • Access to assets: The degree to which women in the region have access to land and capital on equal or unequal terms is critical to

Economic Opportunities for Women in the East Asia and Pacific Region  

The East Asia and Pacific region has made great progress, relative to other regions, with regard to both economic development and, specifica...