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Why aren’t Sri Lankan women translating their educational gains into workforce advantages?

— theme: Gender
— country: Sri Lanka
— type: Working Papers

Centre for Universal Education at Brookings - 2015. THE 2015 ECHIDNA GLOBAL SCHOLARS WORKING PAPER. The paper analyzes the 2012 World Bank STEP Skills Measurement survey, a rich data set that includes self-reported measures of cognitive and non-cognitive skills for all individuals of working age, to address these questions. The results indicate that although women have higher measured cognitive skills than men and the same level of skill as men in the non-cognitive ones that the market values—such as being agreeable and good at decision-making and risk-taking—the market treats men and women with the same skills differently.

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