Join our #KAPTalks live with Seema Jayachandran, economist & professor to discuss how economic development lowers the gender gap.
The event will take place on Tuesday 24 May 2022 at 14.30 CET / 12:30 GMT.
The power and limits of economic development as a pathway to gender equality
Gender gaps that disadvantage women and girls – in employment, education, health, and more – tend to be bigger in lower-income countries than in higher-income countries. Why is that?
Economic progress often helps bring about more gender equality and, conversely, gender equality can promote economic progress. But even if gender gaps might close “on their own” through economic growth, there is an important role for public policy to address gender inequities, especially in places where cultural norms prevent women and girls from gaining ground.
In her #KAPTalks lecture, economist and professor Seema Jayachandran will discuss why this link between gender equality and economic development exists, and how public policy can help alleviate the tensions when gender inequality slows economic progress. She’ll give examples of policies that are being pursued with the aim of giving women and girls equal opportunities to men and boys.
Hosted by University of Barcelona School of Economics
The Kapuscinski Development Lectures is an initiative funded by the European Commission.
About Seema Jayachandra
Seema Jayachandran is a Professor of Economics at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on environmental conservation, gender equality, health, and other microeconomic topics in developing countries.
She serves on the board of directors of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and leads J-PAL's gender sector. She is also co-director of the National Bureau of Economic Research's program in Development Economics and co-editor of the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. In addition, she serves on CARE's board of directors.
Prior to joining Northwestern, she was a faculty member at Stanford University. She earned a PhD in economics from Harvard University, a master’s degree in physics and philosophy from the University of Oxford where she was a Marshall Scholar, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from MIT.
- Publication date
- 19 May 2022
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