Please join us for the Change Seminar, Tuesday, April 30, 12:00-1:00pm, in
CSE 203.

*Abstract*: Working conditions are difficult in garment factories in
Bangladesh, as tragically illustrated by the 2013 collapse of Rana Plaza,
which killed over 1000 workers.  In this talk, I will first discuss
research with Laura Boudreau and Tyler McCormick on on the relationship
between migration, information, and working conditions before pre-Rana
Plaza.   I will then discuss research with Laurent Bossavie and Yoonyoung
Cho that estimates the effects of the post-Rana Plaza reforms on working
conditions and wages.  Finally, I will describe work in progress with Laura
Boudreau that will evaluate the effects of providing crowd-sourced
information on working conditions to garment workers.

*Bio*: Rachel Heath is an Associate Professor of Economics at the
University of Washington in Seattle.  Before joining the faculty at UW, she
was a post-doc in the Research Group at the World Bank.  Her research
examines labor markets in developing countries.  In particular, she has
focused on the expansion of manufacturing jobs (such as the garment
industry in Bangladesh) in developing countries, looking at women’s
decision to work, how workers are hired and the effects these job
opportunities have on women and their households. She holds a PhD in
Economics from Yale University and a BS in Economics from Duke University.
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