Quick thoughts: The recent landmark decision to allow women in Saudi Arabia to drive may have a few other significant effects which are understated amidst all the joy:
1) More jobs for Saudi women. Ease of mobility will help more women access jobs. Also creation of new jobs for women which require a driving license as a criterion. This may also have an effect in increasing the quality of workforce and its competitiveness as Saudi men will now have to contend with not only Saudi women who are more qualified, academically than men (read the stats), but who can also drive
2) Potential loss of jobs: An estimated 1.3 million private chauffeurs or drivers might be impacted. Households or the govt. will have to find a way to make use of the ones who remain.
3) Efficiency: Saudi women and subsequently their families will be more efficient since they are more mobile now.
What are your thoughts?