More female Stem workers could boost Japan’s productivity – study

Tackling gender pay gaps and discrimination against female researchers could accelerate growth

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Japan could significantly increase its productivity growth by supporting women to pursue careers in science and technology, according to a study by the International Monetary Fund.

IMF economist Rui Xu’s research shows that eliminating barriers faced by women in such jobs could accelerate productivity growth by 20% in Japan. These barriers include pay gaps between men and women, as well as discrimination against female researchers.

In an article, Xu said Japan achieved impressive per capita

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