Dec 3 - Freedom Center Colloquium Series: Tauhidur Rahman


Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:30 to 13:45

On Wednesday, Dec 3, Tauhidur Rahman, University of Arizona, Associate Professor of development economics in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, will be giving a talk in the Freedom Center Colloquium Series.  His talk is entitled "Epistemic Discrimination."  (Abstract below.)

Wednesday, Dec 3, 12:30-1:45pm, in the Kendrick Room at the Freedom Center, Marshall 280 (right above Paradise Bakery).  Feel free to bring lunch.

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Women’s protection, empowerment, and participation are key to future growth and development. While most countries are signatories to the convention for the elimination of all forms of gender discrimination, women continue to be victims of violence, neglect, and injustice. An important dimension of such injustices is women’s agency, the ability of women to use endowments to take advantage of opportunities to achieve desired outcomes. Women’s agency can take different expressions including access to and control over resources, freedom from the risk of violence, decision making over family formation, and having a voice in society and influencing policy.  In this talk we will focus on one aspect of women’s agency: voice. One of the most fundamental  ways that a woman can be socially excluded is to be excluded from the group that is able to contribute to society’s shared pool of knowledge. Despite extensive anecdotal evidence that women’s voices are often not heard, or not heard as loudly as those of men, there has been little empirical work that examines whether prejudice against women devalues hearers’ credibility judgments of what women say. Such a prejudice would have important effects on gender inequality and poverty, since a person whose word is devalued is constrained in every direction—for example, in making contracts, communicating ideas, exercising authority, and defending herself from violence. First, we will present a new set of games and tests to investigate the extent of discrimination against women as sources of knowledge. Second, we will present some results from India. Finally, we will discuss our ongoing development programs and interventions, designed to improve women’s agency.

Tauhidur Rahman is an Associate Professor of development economics in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Arizona. He is a faculty member of Programs on Economics, Law and the Environment (ELE), and Master's in Development Practice (MDP), faculty affiliate at Institute of the Environment, and an associate of Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions. He was a visiting professor of Law and Economics at University of Oslo, Norway in 2011. His research interests are in the fields of development economics, health economics, and law and economics. The current research projects include cash transfer programs, health externality of hygiene and sanitation, social exclusion and well-being gender empowerment, and the roles of political theater for development.

He obtained his PhD in 2004 from the School of Economic Sciences at Washington State University. He is the coauthor of Environmental Justice and Federalism (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012).

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