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Education of girls vital to moving up the trade value chain

education to girls

Although the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 to Malala Yousafzai demonstrates recognition of girl’s education as a political issue, the education of girls also has economic repercussions that specifically affect trade. Girls’ education leads to growth in developing countries; Girls’ education results in more skilled labour and higher productivity; To move up the global value chain, countries need a deep pool of skilled, productive labour; For countries in the Asia-Pacific region that are seeking to allocate their public funding efficiently, girls’ education has a particularly high payoff because of high marginal returns and because of spillover effects to family members; Trade benefits girls–when opportunities to work in trade-related industries exist, girls stay in school. Thus, a virtuous cycle exists between the education of girls and economic development.

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