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The Low-Growth Economies

Europe and Japan

The developed economies have serious problems with population replacement, poverty, and domestic violence. The Women’s World Index ranks countries in terms of economic opportunity for females. Providing paid parental leave and healthcare for women holds the potential for substantial changes in GDP. Why Sweden leads the ranking. Germany and the issue of work-family balance. French women are stressed out. Surprising dissatisfaction in Italy. Spanish women take control. We see a gradual easing of traditions in Japan.

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