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Advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth

Staff writer ▼ | November 26, 2015
Gender inequality is not only a pressing moral and social issue but also a critical economic challenge.
Gender inequality
Equality   A new McKinsey Global Institute report
If women — who account for half the world’s working - age population—do not achieve their full economic potential, the global economy will suffer.

While all types of inequality have economic consequences, a new McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) report, The power of parity: How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth, focuses on the economic implications of lack of parity between men and women.

A “best in region” scenario in which all countries match the rate of improvement of the fastest-improving country in their region could add as much as $12 trillion, or 11 percent, in annual 2025 GDP.

In a “full potential” scenario in which women play an identical role in labor markets to that of men, as much as $28 trillion, or 26 percent, could be added to global annual GDP by 2025.

MGI’s full-potential estimate is about double the average estimate of other recent studies, reflecting the fact that MGI has taken a more comprehensive view of gender inequality in work.