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December Green (Committee Chair), Pramod Kantha (Committee Member), Laura Luehrmann (Other), Zdravka Todorova (Committee Member)

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Master of Arts (MA)


"What contributes to the differences in women's economic empowerment" To investigate this problem, a large N statistical analysis set up this comparative case study of Bangladesh and India that evaluates the relationship between women's access to employment in the formal labor market and women's access to ownership of accounts in banks and other financial institutions. The large N statistical analysis results illustrate a global pattern that the percentage of women working in the formal labor market is associated with a greater percentage of women having accounts in banks or other financial institutions. Neither Bangladesh nor India fit this pattern, and statistics from these two countries are very different, so the purpose of this comparison is to show why this is the case. Institutional and socio-cultural factors, including differences in each country's banking systems and how each country has developed over the years, explain the variances between Bangladesh and India.

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Department of Political Science

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