This lecture will explore how power structures - within households, communities and countries – are determined by informal and formal institutions. It will analyze how inequality of power and economic inequality interact within these institutions.
This Dudley Sears Lecture which precedes the 16th EADI General Conference 'Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice' will be held by Rohini Pande, Henry J. Heinz II Professor of Economics and Director of the Economic Growth Center, Yale University.
Today, the majority of the world’s extreme poor live in lower middle-income countries. In these countries, the persistence of poverty increasingly reflects unequal access to economic opportunities and low levels of redistribution. Within these countries, poverty is increasingly concentrated in rural communities and among ethnic minorities. And, within households, women and girls often receive a lower share of economic resources. This persists even though most of these countries are electoral democracies with universal suffrage.
In this talk, Rohini Pande will explore how institutional form impacts the well-being of the poor and vulnerable when patterns of economic growth do not directly provide these groups adequate economic resources. She will focus on two institutions – the family and the state.