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This is how automation could improve gender equality

Workers operate on a rubber glove assembly line at a factory in Zibo, Shandong Province May 28, 2012. China's industrial sector increasingly runs by machine, which might seem like the perfect answer to China's fast-rising labour costs - they don't ask for a raise, get injured or go on strike. According to Nomura, 28 percent of factory machines in China use numerical controls - one measure of automation. That may be far lower than Japan's 83 percent, but China is growing far faster than Japan did at a comparable stage of development, says Ge Wenjie, a machinery analyst with Nomura. Picture taken on May 28, 2012. To match Analysis CHINA-ECONOMY/AUTOMATION    REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS)

Four ways automation might help. Image: REUTERS/Aly Song

Debra Howcroft
Professor of Technology and Organisation, University of Manchester
Jill Rubery
Professor of Comparative Employment Systems, University of Manchester
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