Monday, 13 February 2012

Do Gender Quotas work?

There has been one proper study of the impact of boardroom gender quotas in Norway, by Michigan Business School. Drawing on its findings, in City AM today, I argue that quotas and positive discrimination are anti-meritocratic in principle and counter-productive in practice.

The gender pay gap has been reversed for women in their 20s, and the real issue is combining the roles of bread-winning and child-caring - a common dilemma that most couples grapple with together. What we need is practical support for working couples to meet the rising cost of childcare, not more social engineering.

You can read the article here.


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