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Feeling relatively poor increases support for women in the workplace – but men still don't want them making household decisions

By Katrina Kosec, Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University
Cecilia Hyunjung Mo, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
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Feeling poor relative to others can spur families to support women in pursuing work outside the household and to invest more in girls’ schooling, according to our new study. But that does not mean women become more empowered.

In 2018, we conducted a survey experiment in Papua New Guinea to see how feeling economically…

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