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Better Working Conditions, Better Performance: Findings From Cambodia
November 18, 2014Washington, D.C.

Work in the apparel sector often provides a vital first step out of poverty for millions of women, although their working conditions are often poor. In this presentation, economist Raymond Robertson discusses whether and how improved working conditions boost factory performance, using detailed longitudinal data from Better Factories Cambodia.

This Event is Sponsored by the World Bank Group Gender & Jobs Teams 

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, for whom low-skilled work in agriculture and services is their only alternative. Work in the apparel sector often provides a vital first step out of poverty and toward economic empowerment for millions of women, although their working conditions are often poor.

The Better Work program is a partnership between the International Labor Organization (ILO) and International Finance Corp. (IFC) that aims to improve compliance with labor standards and competitiveness in garment industry. In this presentation, 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, 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 


Event Details
  • When: 2-3:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: MC 7-100, World Bank Headquarters