Tony Chen is a junior at Harvard College studying Statistics with a secondary in Psychology. He was born in Dallas, raised in Chicago, and is presently living in Princeton, NJ. His experience with Model UN dates back to freshman year of high school, where he only signed up for MUN because the booth at the club fair was alphabetically next to the Math Team. It has been nearly six years and over twenty conferences both as a delegate and as a staffer on the high school and college circuits, including as USG Operations for HNMUN-LA 2017! Outside of MUN, Tony is an amateur chef (scrambled eggs are my speciality), professional Netflixer (kung fu movies only), and wannabe GoPro hero.
TOPIC: ECONOMICS OF GENDER DISCRIMINATION
Gender discrimination is an issue that impacts the entire world, no matter the level of development, though it is also an issue that affects the world in such different ways. Confronting the fundamental economics behind gender discrimination is a unique challenge that decades of policymaking and research has yet to overcome. A lot attention has been devoted to understanding the social or cultural aspects of discrimination against women, but one of the biggest obstacles facing true equality are the economic factors creating discrimination. From birth and adulthood, women are simply not given the same opportunities even compared to their male siblings in the exact same households. This dearth of opportunity only grows over time as men eventually become the wage-earners in their households and earn disproportionately more than their female counterparts. Especially in developing countries, parents facing credit constraints typically base investment decisions in education or training programs through evaluating the future returns of their children. In brawn-based economies, where men have a comparative advantage, women have significantly lower average educational attainment, labor force participation rates, access to financial institutions, and household bargaining power. There are questions that remain, however, if these are simply economics at work, adapting to the biological comparative advantages of gender, or can policies that tackle the economic causes of gender discrimination resolve these stark realities? Will the gaps between genders, gaps between developed and developing countries, be able to be overcome by our commission?