July 16, 2017
Dhaka, Bangladesh

IPA organized a seminar in collaboration with International Growth Center (IGC) on 16 July 2017. The seminar, titled “Seeds of Change in the Garments Industry,” brought together researchers working in different areas of the the garment industry in Bangladesh. In this seminar, IPA researcher Christopher Woodruff, Professor of Economics at Oxford University, presented his research findings on the effectiveness of women in higher level positions in the garment industry. He suggested that promoting women in higher level positions may help the industry meet the shortage of skilled labor in those positons. Currently, the majority of operators (the lowest tier in a garment factory) are women and the presence of women in higher level positions is scarce. The policy suggestions from the seminar were published in two national daily newspapers.