Interview with Seema Jayachandran, speaker at the Kapuscinski Development Lecture hosted by the UB School of Economics

Last May 24, 2022, the UB School of Economics hosted the conference entitled «The Power and the Limits of Economic Development as a Pathway to Gender Equality». The Aula Magna of the Faculty of Economics and Business held a Kapuscinski Development Lectures, organized by the European Union and the United Nations Development Program. This cycle of high-level lectures started in 2009, and since then, there have been 130 conferences in several countries worldwide.

Professor Jayachandran holds a doctorate in Economics from Harvard University and a master’s degree in Physics and Philosophy from the University of Oxford. Her fields of research are related to gender equality and, during the conference, she discussed why economic progress often helps bring about more gender equality, and, conversely, why gender inequality slows economic progress.

Jayachandran is a board member of the international humanitarian organization CARE and board member of the Abdul Latif Jameel Action Poverty Laboratory (J-PAL), where she is the director of the gender section. She co-leads the program of the National Bureau of Economic Research of the United States and is the co-editor of the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.

Don’t miss the interview we did with Seema in which she explains how Economics can help narrow the gender gap, if economic progress always brings gender equality, or if more equality promotes economic progress.

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