Free Trade and Women in Business in the Americas - What Role Should Women's Organizations Play?

13 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2001

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Elsie Echeverri-Carroll

University of Texas at Austin - Bureau of Business Research

Maria Daniela Brandazza

University of Texas at Austin

Cecilia Giusti

Texas A&M University

Abstract

Our objective in this paper is to bring to the attention of businesswomen's organizations in Latin America the importance of collecting data on the increasing participation of women in the economy as entrepreneurs and managers. Why is collecting this data important? As we discuss in this paper, there are two reasons why having this data matters. First, we anticipate that women's gains in education and the labor market should put them in a good position to benefit from business opportunities opened by free trade. Second, women's organizations in Canada and the United States have collected data about the impact of women in business on the economy to successfully lobby legislators to pass policies that benefit women in business. We focus on Chile and the largest countries within the NAFTA and MERCOSUR free trade areas: the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina.

JEL Classification: M13, J16, F15, O54

Suggested Citation

Echeverri-Carroll, Elsie and Brandazza, Daniela and Giusti, Cecilia, Free Trade and Women in Business in the Americas - What Role Should Women's Organizations Play?. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=283226 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.283226

Elsie Echeverri-Carroll (Contact Author)

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Daniela Brandazza

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Cecilia Giusti

Texas A&M University ( email )

Center for Housing and Human Development
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