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Gender inequality is very expensive

Gender discrimination in Asia costs the region an estimated $80 billion a year – finds a new report. India, Indonesia and Malaysia lose the most by restricting women's access to employment and education, explains Mr. Kim Hak-Su, the executive secretary of UNESCAP, in a video.

Feel-good T-shirts for college students

Enthusiasm for social entrepreneurship has trickled from business schools down to the undergraduate level. BusinessWeek tells the story of T-shirt company Edun and Miami University of Ohio.

The idea: create sustainable employment in sub-Saharan Africa, get college students interested in social entrepreneurship, and keep making lots of fraternity and sorority T-shirts. Oh, and there's a Bono connection, of course.

Brazilian education gets failing grade

Brazil's scores on international tests of education have been dismal for years. Businesses have no choice but to fill in the gap with on-site remedial education, according to the Christian Science Monitor. At one furniture maker located outside Sao Paulo,

Private schooling succeeds in Pakistan

My colleague Jishnu Das sends word of two new World Bank policy papers he's coauthored on public and private schools in Pakistan. I'm pleased to see that their results mirror similar work from India (by researchers James Tooley and Pauline Dixon). The authors find that, contrary to perceptions, the average private school is cheap and heavily used even among the poor.