SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

Women’s empowerment and economic development: a feminist critique of story telling practices in ‘Randomista’ Economics (Webinar)

Professor Naila Kabeer (LSE)

Date: 21 October 2020Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 21 October 2020Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: 0

Please find the Webinar link here

The limitations of randomista economics have given rise to a particular way of thinking characterized by piecemeal analysis, ad hoc resort to theory, indifference to history and context, and methodological fundamentalism. The presentation will draw on a review essay on the relationship between women’s empowerment and economic development by Esther Duflo, a leading proponent of randomista economics and one of the winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize, to support this argument. It will point to the very selective use of evidence, the highly biased interpretations of this evidence and the casual dismissal of the entrenched impacts of patriarchy that characterise the story she attempts to tell and offers possible feminist economic interpretations of the evidence that she uses.

This is part of a webinar series "Intensifying Inequalities and the Limitations of Global Capitalism", organised by the SOAS Department of Economics.

Speakers: Professor Naila Kabeer (LSE)

Moderator: Isabelle Guerin (French Institute of Research for Sustainable Development)

The webinar is open to all and there is no need for registration. All our webinars are recorded and will be made available on this webpage at a later date.