Level the Playing Field to Bolster the Boardroom: Sports as a Springboard for Women's Labor Force Advancement in Asia

18 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2016

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Barbara R. Kotschwar

Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics; Georgetown University

Kevin Stahler

Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics

Date Written: January 2016

Abstract

We promote women's participation in sports as part of a solution to better integrate women into the labor force of Asian economies. Women in Asia lag other regions in terms of labor force participation and membership in corporate leadership bodies; this is particularly acute in East Asia. Involvement in sport has been found to be associated with long‐term economic benefits for women internationally, including enhanced returns to education and labor outcomes. We propose a number of sports program‐related policies for Asian countries to consider in order to better integrate women into education, society, labor, and corporate boardrooms.

Keywords: corporate gender balance, education, labor, sports, women

JEL Classification: I24, J00, J16, M14

Suggested Citation

Kotschwar, Barbara R. and Stahler, Kevin, Level the Playing Field to Bolster the Boardroom: Sports as a Springboard for Women's Labor Force Advancement in Asia (January 2016). Asian Economic Policy Review, Vol. 11, Issue 1, pp. 117-134, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2711000 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aepr.12124

Barbara R. Kotschwar (Contact Author)

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Georgetown University ( email )

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Kevin Stahler

Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics ( email )

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Washington, DC 20036
United States

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