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How women can boost world GDP

Last updated on: October 29, 2012 08:54 IST

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Nearly one billion women around the world could enter the global economy during the coming decade. They are poised to play a significant role in countries around the world.

According to a report by Booz & Company, a consultancy, if female employment rates matched those of men, GDP would increase by five per cent in America and nine per cent in Japan by 2020, says The Economist.

The impact would be even larger for developing countries, home to most of the world's women who lack adequate education and support (social and political), it says.

Let's take a look at some selected countries, including India, and see what the impact would be on GDP if female employment rates matched those of men.

Source: The Economist

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Image: A woman takes part in the annual Columbus Day Parade up Fifth Avenue in New York.
Photographs: Mike Segar/Reuters

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India

Increase in GDP by 2020: 27 per cent (if male-female employment rates match)

Global rank: 115

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Image: Shoppers exit a retail store inside a mall in Mumbai.
Photographs: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters
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Egypt

Increase in GDP by 2020: 33 per cent (if male-female employment rates match)

Global rank: 108

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Image: A view of the Nile river flowing through the Egyptian capital Cairo.
Photographs: Aladin Abdel Naby/Reuters

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Argentina

Increase in GDP by 2020: 12 per cent (if male-female employment rates match)

Global rank: 35

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Image: Overview of Buenos Aires 9 de Julio Avenue.
Photographs: Enrique Marcarian/Reuters
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Italy

Increase in GDP by 2020: 11 per cent (if male-female employment rates match)

Global rank: 33

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Image: Duomo cathedral in Milan.
Photographs: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters
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Brazil

Increase in GDP by 2020: 8 per cent (if male-female employment rates match)

Global rank: 46

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Image: Juscelino Kubitschek bridge in Brasilia.
Photographs: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters
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Japan

Increase in GDP by 2020: 8 per cent (if male-female employment rates match)

Global rank: 43

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Image: Japan's Mt Fuji, covered with snow, is seen through Shinjuku skyscrapers in Tokyo.
Photographs: Kimimasa Mayama/Reuters
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Spain

Increase in GDP by 2020: 6 per cent (if male-female employment rates match)

Global rank: 15

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Image: Tourists stroll along Barcelona's harbour in Barcelona.
Photographs: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

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China

Increase in GDP by 2020: 5 per cent (if male-female employment rates match)

Global rank: 58

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Image: Beijing's Central Business District.
Photographs: Jason Lee/Reuters
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The United Kingdom

Increase in GDP by 2020: 5 per cent (if male-female employment rates match)

Global rank: 13

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Photographs: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

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The United States

Increase in GDP by 2020: 5 per cent (if male-female employment rates match)

Global rank: 30

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Image: The Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge is seen from the 90th storey of One World Trade Center in New York.
Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

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France

Increase in GDP by 2020: 3 per cent (if male-female employment rates match)

Global rank: 10

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Image: The Orsay Museum in Paris.
Photographs: Charles Platiau/Reuters
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Germany

Increase in GDP by 2020: 3 per cent (if male-female employment rates match)

Global rank: 8

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Image: People are reflected in a shop window as they walk in Potsdamer Street in Berlin.
Photographs: Thomas Peter/Reuters
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Sweden

Increase in GDP by 2020: 2 per cent (if male-female employment rates match)

Global rank: 3


Image: Pedestrians walk down the main shopping street in Stockholm's Gamla Stan or Old Town district.
Photographs: Bob Strong/Reuters

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