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Women Driving in Saudi Arabia: Ban Lifted, What are the Economic and Health Effects?

Jim Krane | Farhan Majid

Women Driving in Saudi Arabia: Ban Lifted, What are the Economic and Health Effects?.

In June 2018, Saudi Arabia finally put an end to its legal ban on women driving, opening the way for millions of new drivers to navigate across a country three times bigger than Texas. While the long-overdue policy shift provides relief to women who lacked freedom of mobility, the onset of so many new drivers has enormous consequences for transportation and the energy sector, as well as labor market participation and public health.