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Webinar: Is everything we thought about job creation wrong?
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An interview with Chris Blattman, University of Chicago, and Leslie Johnston, C&A Foundation, on a study of the impact of jobs at growing manufacturing firms in Ethiopia.

When: Tuesday, June 20th
10:15 AM Eastern Standard Time
Contact: Genevieve Edens

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More Sweatshops for Africa?  
A Discussion of Research and Practitioner Responses

Much of work that the small and growing business sector does is based on the assumption that as small firms grow, they will create jobs that can lift people out of poverty, grow the middle class, and drive broad economic growth. However, there is relatively little research on the ways that the jobs that SGBs offer to low-skill workers might impact employees' income and overall well-being.  

This webinar will focus on recent research from Chris Blattman and Stefan Dercon that addresses this question: Occupational Choice in Early Industrializing Societies: Experimental Evidence on the Income and Health Effects of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Work

This evaluation focused on five firms in Ethiopia, and found that despite our expectations, low-skilled workers offered a job were not better off than the group who did not receive an offer.   In addition, retention at the firms was extremely low -- over 75% of workers quit within a year.  What are the implications of this research for the small and growing business sector?  

Join ANDE, Chris Blattman (University of Chicago) and Leslie Johnston (C&A Foundation) to discuss this research and what this means for practitioners focused on job creation, job quality, and small and growing businesses. 


Chris Blattman, University of Chicago 
Chris Blattman is the Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies at The University of Chicago, in the Harris School of Public Policy. He is an economist and political scientist who studies poverty and violence in developing countries, and has worked mainly in Colombia, Liberia, Uganda, and Ethiopia. Dr. Blattman was previously faculty at Columbia and Yale Universities, and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s in Public Administration and International Development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Leslie Johnston, C&A Foundation
Leslie Johnston joined C&A Foundation as its first Executive Director in August 2013, bringing 17 years of management experience across multiple sectors, including smallholder agribusiness, entrepreneurship and corporate philanthropy. Prior to this role, she managed the Swiss-based Argidius and COFRA Foundations, committed to helping enterprising people to help themselves. As the Deputy Director for TechnoServe in West and Southern Africa, she co-managed a $20 million portfolio and a diverse team working to help African farmers and entrepreneurs improve their bottom line. She also brings top-tier management consulting experience, having worked for McKinsey & Company in DC and South Africa. Leslie currently serves on the boards of COFRA Foundation and GoodWeave as well as the ANDE Executive Committee and TechnoServe’s Global Advisory Council.

 Background Information

Read the full working paper, policy brief, and New York Times op-ed.  Read more about ANDE's Research Initiative which supported the study. And learn more about the C&A Foundation's work to support a sustainable apparel industry. 

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