Rachel Heath

Rachel Heath is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Washington. Her research interests are in development and labor economics.  

Content by Rachel Heath
  • Project

    Economic impacts of COVID-19 on workers and firms in Bangladesh's garment sector

    The COVID-19 pandemic is striking the global apparel value chain extremely hard from multiple directions. Apparel sectors in developing countries, which play critical roles in these countries’ industrialisation and economic growth, are arguably most vulnerable to this shock. In Bangladesh, where the apparel sector constitutes more than 80% of exports, the Bangladesh...

    1 Nov 2020 | Laura Boudreau, Farria Naeem, Rachel Heath

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Migrants, information, and working conditions in Bangladeshi garment factories

    15 Jun 2018 | Laura Boudreau, Rachel Heath

  • Project

    Understanding workers’ knowledge of working conditions in Bangladeshi garment factories

    The garment industry has revolutionised the lives of many people, particularly women, in Bangladesh.  Women have received greater educational investments and postponed marriage and childbearing, and achieved better autonomy household decision-making, the choice of spouse, and the choice to leave abusive marriages.  However, these workers can also face very tough working...

    9 Jan 2017 | Laura Boudreau, Rachel Heath

  • Blog post

    Manufacturing growth and the lives of Bangladeshi women

    Rapid expansion of the ready-made garment sector in Bangladesh has radically altered the social and economic fabric of Bangladesh, particularly the lives of Bangladeshi women, who comprise the majority of the garment sector’s work force. This blog explores the effect of garment factories on the age of marriage and first child for girls exposed to garment sector jobs,...

    4 Aug 2015 | Rachel Heath, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak