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Gender Inequality Makes South Korea Poorer

June 14, 2019

In his latest article for the Diplomat Magazine, Troy Stangarone highlights how South Korea's gender discrimination will make its industries less competitive. In particular, he points to future growth sectors like artificial intelligence (AI) and points out that female graduates in computer science have declined since 2000. In STEM, South Korean women make up only 18 percent of researchers, in contrast to 52 percent in the Philippines and Thailand, and just 10 percent of engineers. This not only means that there are less innovative minds working on developing AI, but also that the skewed demographics of the coders will produce more flawed programs.

As South Korea’s population continues to decline, narrowing the gender gap in South Korea will be increasingly important for social and economic reasons.

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