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Sanjukta Chaudhuri to Present Jerry Johnson Memorial Lecture

RELEASED: April 11, 2008

Sanjukta Chaudhuri
Sanjukta Chaudhuri

EAU CLAIRE — The annual Jerry Johnson Memorial Lecture will be held from 4-5 p.m. April 25 in Room 100 of Schneider Hall.

Featured speaker Sanjukta Chaudhuri will present a lecture titled "Tradition, Economics and Gender Bias in India: Why do Parents Discriminate?"

The presentation will examine gender bias in India from the perspective of the household resource allocation between male and female children.

While growing up in India, Chaudhuri said she saw several instances of disparities in treatment of men and women. In one instance, parents even gave more food to their son than to their daughter. These observations, she said, inspired her to look at reasons for and solutions to this problem through the study of economics.

Chaudhuri's other research interests include child labor and its impact on education and whether boys or girls are more likely to become child workers. Her aim is to study the root cause of gender bias in the developing world and to suggest policies that will reduce bias, she said, noting that equality is important for progress and development

A doctoral candidate at the City University of New York City, Chaudhuri will teach economics classes at UW-Eau Claire in fall 2008.

The annual lecture honors the late Jerry Johnson, a professor of economics at UW-Eau Claire from 1967-92 who died in 1998.

The UW-Eau Claire economics department and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation will sponsor the event.

Following the presentation, refreshments will be served in Room 105 of Schneider Hall.

For more information, contact Linda Glenna at glennale@uwec.edu or 836-5743.

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