FACTBOX: Gender employment gap in OECD countries

Wed Oct 29, 2008 9:45pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Closing the gap between women and men in employment would dramatically boost the global economy and could also increase birth rates in countries with shrinking populations, according to economists.

Goldman Sachs research shows that closing the gap between male and female employment would boost gross domestic product (GDP) in the United States by as much as 9 percent, euro zone GDP by 13 percent and Japanese GDP by 16 percent.

Following is a breakdown of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) figures for employment as a percentage of the population of 25-54 year-olds.

Women Men

2007 2007

Iceland 84.1 94.2

Sweden 83.0 89.0

Denmark 81.8 90.2

France 76.4 88.1   Continued...