Hello, > 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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