DC event: Better Working Conditions, Better Performance: Findings from Cambodia

The World Bank Group Gender & Jobs Teams
invite you to a seminar

“Better Working Conditions, Better Performance:
Findings from Cambodia”

When: Nov. 18, 2014, 2-3:30 p.m.
Where: World Bank Group MC 7-100

Developing countries often experience globalization as foreign direct investment that fosters growth and expands exports-commonly concentrated in the apparel sector. Workers in this sector are overwhelmingly women, whose only alternative is low-skilled work in agriculture and services. Work in the apparel sector often provides a vital first step out of poverty toward economic empowerment, although their working conditions are often poor.

The Better Work program is a partnership between the International Labor Organization and IFC, the WBG private sector arm, which aims to improve compliance with labor standards and competitiveness in the garment industry. In the seminar, economist Raymond Robertson will discuss whether and how improved working conditions boost factory performance, using detailed longitudinal data from Better Factories Cambodia.

Speaker:
Raymond Robertson, Professor of Economics at Macalester College

Discussants:
Gladys Lopez-Acevedo, Lead Economist, Office of the Chief Economist, South Asia
Namita Dutta, Global Head, Let’s Work Global Partnership, Jobs, World Bank Group

Chairs:
Caren Grown, Senior Director, Jobs, World Bank Group
Nigel Twose, Senior Director, Jobs, World Bank Group

External participants should allow 15-20 minutes to pass through security.

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Raymond Robertson is Professor of Economics at Macalester College. His research focuses on international, labor, and development economics. His research has appeared in, among others,The American Economic Review, The Review of Economics and Statistics, The Journal of International Economics, The Review of International Economics, and The Journal of Development Economics. He serves on the advisory board at the Center for Global Development and was a member of the US State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy. He currently chairs the US Department of Labor’s National Advisory Committee on Labor Provisions of Free Trade Agreement. His current work focuses on the effects of the ILO’s Better Work program in Cambodia and elsewhere, as well as other issues relating to the effects of globalization on workers. He holds a PhD from the University of Texas after spending a year in Mexico as a Fulbright Scholar.

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