Seema Jayachandra

Power & limits of economic development as a pathway to gender equality

Watch #KAPTalks lecturer Seema Jayachandran, economist & professor to discuss how economic development lowers the gender gap. Register here.

Tuesday 24.05.2022


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. This lecture will discuss why economic progress often helps bring about more gender equality, and, conversely, why gender inequality slows economic progress. It will also discuss some exceptions to the rule that economic development brings about gender equality – and how public policy can help alleviate this tension.

When: 24th May 2022 at 14:30 CET / 12:30 GMT

Where: Aula Magna, University of Barcelona School of Economics, Avinguda Diagonal 690 & online

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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.

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