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10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 22 November 2019


To mark the upcoming Global Gender Summit kicking off Monday in Kigali, we look the week’s most interesting gender-themed stories - including a new study that measures comfort levels wealthy nations have with women in power. Your Must Reads, curated by Bank Vice President Dr. Jennifer Blanke.

1 - Canada, France lead world in attitudes toward equality in leadership. Read the new Reykjavik Index, which measures the level of comfort people in wealthy nations have with women in positions of power. (Kantar)

2 - Economic policy ignores women. Why some argue this goes back to basic theories developed by men. (Business Insider)

3 - Men still earn more than women - even after they’re dead. How to build posthumous value. (The Conversation)

4 - Are firms penalized for creating gender-diverse boards? New Organizational Science research finds firms can pay a steep price for the effort. (Forbes)

5 - Men’s stress rises when their partner earns over 40% of household income. New study quantifies male fragility. (The Telegraph)

6 - Four ways to address gender bias in Artificial Intelligence.  It’s important to look at the causes of AI bias. (Harvard Business Review)

7 - Women’s retirement savings are way behind men’s. Here’s why that gender gap persists. (Barron’s)

8 - Bridging the gender data gap. Why the lack of data will continue to limit the effectiveness of private, public, and non-profit organizations. (Brookings Institution)

9 - French minister: gender equality must be at the heart of everything.  Everyone has to take responsibility, from nation states to you and me. (Financial Times)

10 - Iconic singer Angelique Kidjo hopes to close financing gap for African women. She’ll help launch the Affirmative Finance Action for Women initiative at next week’s Global Gender Summit. (The New York Times)