Center for Development Economics to Host Conference at Williams College

Media contact: Gregory Shook, director of media relations; tele: 413-597-3401; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., March 27, 2019—On Thursday, April 4, and Friday, April 5, the Williams College Center for Development Economics (CDE) will host its 2019 conference, with a keynote address titled “Women and Work: The Role of Norms” by Rohini Pande. All events will be held in Griffin Hall, room 3. The conference is free and open to the public.

Christine Lagarde, managing director and chairwoman of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has recently emphasized that lowering gender gaps in health, education, wages, financial access, and labor market opportunities; improving women’s access to infrastructure, sanitation, and clean water; and reducing gender discrimination in day-to-day life in developing and developed societies will create a “virtuous cycle” for the global economy. The 2019 CDE conference at Williams College will focus on significant gendered dimensions of economic development to shed light on the policies necessary for unleashing such “cycles.”

The 2019 conference schedule of events:

Thursday, April 4, Griffin Hall, room 3

8 p.m. Keynote address: Rohini Pande, Harvard University. “Women and Work: The Role of Norms.” Pande will discuss how formal and informal customs and rules act to constrain female labor market opportunities in developing countries, and how policies may be leveraged to increase women’s economic activity in such settings.

Friday, April 5, Griffin Hall, room 3

9 a.m. S. Ankruti, Boston College/Harvard University, “Fertility and Sex-Selective Abortion in India.”

9:45 a.m. Yana van der Meulen Rodgers, Rutgers University, “Impact of Funding Cuts and Legal Restrictions on Global Abortion Rates: New Empirical Estimates.”

10:45 a.m. Nidhiya Menon, Brandeis University, “Influences on the Health of Young Girls in Developing Countries: Evidence from History, Season of Birth, and Famine.”

11:30 a.m. Rebecca Thornton, University of Illinois, “Inequalities in Education: What Do the Data Say?”

1:45 p.m. Rachel Heath, University of Washington, “Garment Jobs Can Be Good for Women. Can Policy Make Them Even Better?”

2:30 p.m. Mayra Buvinic, The Center for Global Development, “Women’s Economic Empowerment: What Works and What Should We Measure.”

3:30 p.m. Pierre Richard Agénor, University of Manchester, “Gender Equality and Economic Growth: Some Theoretical Developments and Policy Implications.”

The conference is sponsored by the Williams College Center for Development Economics.


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