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After seven years of experience with a unilateral trade agreement aimed at stimulating trade between the U.S. and sub-Saharan African countries, the Economic Policy Institute hosted a day-long conference on the winners and losers under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
On Thursday, January 10th, 2008,The International Labor Rights Forum, Global Policy Network and the Center for Research on Multinational Corporations co-hosted the release of a report produced by the Netherlands-based Center for Research on Multinational Corporations that provided the backdrop for a broader analysis and debate on the value of linkage and preference programs un AGOA, and the future of global investment and trade under the New Partnership for Development Act (NPDA).
Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL)
Esther De Haan, Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations
Steve Ouma Akoth, Human Rights and Governance Expert, Kenya
Matsepo Anna Lehlokoana, Organizer, Lesotho Clothing and Allied Workers Union
June Hartley, Activist and International Labor Rights Expert, South Africa
Jeff Vogt, Global Economic Policy Specialist, AFL-CIO
Jayme White, Legislative Director, Office of Congressman Jim McDermott
Carol Pier, Senior Labor Rights and Trade Researcher, Human Rights Watch
Peter Bakvis, Director Washington DC Office, International Trade Union Confederation Kimberly Ann Elliot, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
Dan Henkle, Senior Vice President, Social Responsibility, Gap Inc.
Mark Levinson, Chief Economist and Director of Policy, UNITE-HERE
Tony Avirgan, Organizer, Global Policy Network
Bama Athreya, Executive Director, International Labor Rights Forum
How are beliefs about gender differences formed, and how do they affect children’s aspirations and academic performance? In this talk, Alex Eble will discuss recent work (co-authored with Feng Hu of the University of Science and Technology Beijing) on perceived gender gaps in mathematics in Chinese middle schools.
In a recent paper, Kate Ambler and coauthors studied the impact of one-season cash transfers for agricultural investment in Senegal and Malawi, using data from a randomized control trial (RCT) in each country. They found evidence that transfers reduced both the number of decision makers and female decision making in Senegal in the short-run, particularly for measures directly related to agriculture. However, the effects disappeared two years after the transfers. Conversely, the authors find transfers in the Malawi program led to robust transitory increases in these measures, seeing a greater impact related to the number of decision makers in the household persisting after two year period. Join us for the latest CGD Invited Research Forum to discuss these opposing findings on the effects of cash transfers on household decision making.
Indian agriculture remains vulnerable to the vagaries of weather, and the looming threat of climate change may expose this vulnerability further. Using district-level data on temperature, rainfall and crop production, Siddharth Hari’s paper first documents a long-term trend of rising temperatures, declining average precipitation and increase in extreme precipitation events. One key finding is that the impact of temperature and rainfall are felt only in the extreme: when temperatures are much higher, rainfall is significantly lower, and the number of “dry days” greater is than normal. He also finds that these impacts are significantly more adverse in unirrigated areas (and hence rainfed crops) compared to irrigated areas. Can policy makers react to the challenges of climate change and find ways to get “more crop for every drop?"