The World Has a Sex Problem. It's Hurting Growth

Gender inequality in the developing world increases division in the rich world.

A first world problem.

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When it comes to identifying the causes of the two major economic problems currently facing the developed world -- rising inequality and a slowdown in economic growth -- sex is rarely mentioned. However, as far as Thomas Malthus, the original economic doomster, was concerned, the “passion between the sexes” was central to economic malaise.

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