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10 Mar 2016

Janice Fine, Rutgers Univ.; Tim Bartley, Ohio State Univ.; Peter Evans, Univ. of California-Berkeley; Stephanie Luce, City Univ. of New York; Joseph McCartin, Georgetown Univ.; Chris Tilly, Univ. of California-Los Angeles (USA)

NYU Stern Center defence of Bangladesh labour report fails to engage with substantive criticisms, say 6 scholars

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[originally written & sent 18 Feb. 2016]

...[We] write to register our concern about your failure to engage the criticisms that Mark Anner and Jennifer Bair have made of your...report, “Beyond the Tip of the Iceberg: Bangladesh’s Forgotten Apparel Workers.” In your public response...you state that you “remain open to serious and thoughtful criticism” of your research. As we find the critique by Anner and Bair to be both serious and thoughtful, we believe that it deserves a substantive response, which you have not yet provided...

In your reply, you neither acknowledge...mistakes [that Anner and Bair have cited] nor explain why they do not undermine the validity of your conclusions. It is critical to underscore that these are not policy positions or issues of interpretation, but specific mistakes [of fact]... [We] respectfully request that you provide a more substantive reply to the specific issues raised in the Anner and Bair report. Specifically, we ask that you provide concrete responses to the following questions...

[NYU Stern Center has responded to this letter - see below]