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9th IZA/World Bank Conference on Employment and Development
While most research in labor economics focuses on advanced economies, the majority of the world’s population and particularly of the poor live in countries where labor markets often work quite differently. To stimulate and promote research on employment and labor economics in low and middle income countries, the World Bank and IZA initiated in 2006 a work program on “Employment and Development”. Since 2006, the annual conference on Employment and Development provides a platform for researchers and policy experts to discuss new research findings and identify areas where further analytical and policy oriented work is needed.
IZA and the World Bank will organize the 9th annual conference in Lima (Peru), this year in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank and the Universidad del Pacifico, on June 25-26, 2014.
In addition to the regular sessions in all fields of labor economics and development, special sessions on the Skills for Productive Employment will be featured. Countries across the developing and developed world increasingly recognize the importance of investing in quality education and promoting skill use in the labor market to foster sustainable and inclusive development. Youth unemployment has become a structural issue in many countries and governments look into ways for unemployed youth to find productive jobs and retain them. Changes in the labor market and the way production is organized have led to important changes in the type of skills required in today’s labor market. Technological change has also highlighted the importance of life-long learning to cope with changes in the labor market. However, there are knowledge gaps in how these skills are rewarded in the labor market, what are the complementarities between different sets of skills and the links between skills, formal education and training. A lot can be learned from the plethora of programs that have been introduced in developing and emerging economies and their formal evaluation.
This conference will provide an opportunity to analyze some of the issues mentioned above and review what we know on the role of skills and their use for promoting productive employment. The thematic sessions welcome papers:
Reviewing the measures of skills available in developing and emerging economies, paying attention to the interlinkages between different types of skills, such as cognitive skills, personal, communication and social skills, those acquired in formal education and during the working life
Exploring the channels through which workers accumulate the skills required in the labor market
Assessing the returns to skills in the labor market and analyzing the links between skills, productivity and growth
Evaluating specific education and training programs implemented in developing and emerging economies
Previous IZA/World Bank conferences have been held in Berlin, Bonn, Cape Town, Mexico City, New Delhi and Rabat and have attracted prestigious researchers and policymakers from a wide variety of developed and developing countries, including keynote speeches of Kaushik Basu, Francois Bourguignon, Felipe Calderón, Ottaviano Canuto, Marcel Fafchamps, Elsa Fornero, Gary Fields, Richard B. Freeman, Laurence Kotlikoff, Santiago Levy, Selim El Sayegh, Jan Svejnar, Ingrid Woolard and Tarik Yousef.
Rafael Novella (Inter-American Development Bank), David Kaplan (Inter-American Development Bank and IZA), Graciana Rucci (Inter-American Development Bank), Paulina Sepúlveda (Ministry of Education of Chile)
Niklas Buehren (World Bank), Oriana Bandiera (London School of Economics and IZA), Robin Burgess (London School of Economics), Markus Goldstein (World Bank), Selim Gulesci (Bocconi University), Imran Rasul (University College London and IZA)
Pablo A. Acosta (World Bank and IZA) Samuel Adesoji Adelowo (African Business Roundtable) Wifag Adnan (Zayed University) Mohamed Ihsan Ajwad (World Bank) Enrique Alaniz (Fundación Internacional para el Desafío Económico Global (FIDEG)) Getnet Alemu (University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) Marco Alfano (University College London) Veronica Amarante (Universidad de la República, Uruguay) Omar Arias (World Bank) Samuel Ayodele (African Business Roundtable) Arup Banerji (World Bank and IZA) Vittorio Bassi (University College London) Ramirez Berenice (National University of Mexico) Marcelo Bergolo (IECON, Universidad de la República) Matteo Bobba (Inter-American Development Bank) Christian Bodewig (World Bank) Ali Bosan (Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF)) Zuzana Brixiova (African Development Bank and IZA) Alessio J. G. Brown (IZA) Peter Brummund (University of Alabama) Niklas Buehren (World Bank) Stefano Caria (University of Oxford) Luis Miguel Castilla (Minister of Economics and Finance, Peru) Sandrine Cazes (OECD) Oscar Cetrangolo (University of Buenos Aires) Juan Chacaltana (ILO International Labour Organization) Tanika Chakraborty (Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and IZA) Yoon Y. Cho (World Bank and IZA) Martin T. Clemens (IZA) Amelie F. Constant (George Washington University, Temple University and IZA) Dante Contreras (University of Chile) Carlos Corseuil (Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA), Brazil) Leandro Costa (World Bank) Guillermo Cruces (CEDLAS-UNLP and IZA) Aparajita Dasgupta (University of California, Riverside) Ximena Del Carpio (World Bank) Alejandro del Valle (Paris School of Economics) Ana Diaz (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana) Juan Jose Diaz (GRADE) Guillermo Dutra (ILO International Labour Organization) Lawrence Edwards (University of Cape Town) Damir Esenaliev (SIPRI) Fernando Fernandez (Inter-American Development Bank) Gary S. Fields (Cornell University and IZA) Alan Finkelstein (Universidad de los Andes) Simon Franklin (University of Oxford) Francisco Galarza (Universidad del Pacifico) Jose C. Galdo (Carleton University and IZA) Roberta Gatti (World Bank) Tim H. Gindling (University of Maryland, Baltimore County and IZA) Corrado Giulietti (IZA) David Glejberman (ILO International Labour Organization) Susan Godlonton (IFPRI, International Food Policy Research Institute) Jessica Goldberg (University of Maryland) Cynthia Gonzalez Rios (Centro de Análisis y Difusión de la Economía Paraguaya (CADEP)) Silvia Guallar (World Bank) Italo Gutierrez (RAND) Alexander Hijzen (OECD and IZA) Hugo Hopenhayn (University of California, Los Angeles) Leonardo Iacovone (World Bank) Pamela Jakiela (University of Maryland) Miguel Jaramillo (GRADE) Melanie Khamis (Wesleyan University and IZA) Johannes Koettl (World Bank and IZA) Santosh Kumar (Sam Houston State University) David Lam (University of Michigan and IZA) Janina Leon Castillo (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú) Andrei A. Levchenko (University of Michigan) Victoria Levin (World Bank) Werner Limarino (ARU Foundation) Xingfei Liu (IZA) Fangwen Lu (Renmin University of China) Mario Macis (Johns Hopkins University and IZA) Lucia Madrigal (Inter-American Development Bank) Minhaj Mahmud (BRAC University) Albert Makochekanwa (University of Zimbabwe) David N. Margolis (Paris School of Economics and IZA) Mohamed Ali Marouani (University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) Thomas Martin (University of Warwick) Irabor Martins (African Youths International Development Foundation) Linguère Mously Mbaye (IZA) Brian McCaig (Wilfrid Laurier University) Deogardius Medardi (Economic Development Initiatives) Nidhiya Menon (Brandeis University and IZA) Naci Mocan (Louisiana State University and IZA) Shoaib Mohsin (Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF)) Leonardo Morales (Central Bank of Colombia) Noel Muller (World Bank) Alexander Muravyev (St. Petersburg University GSOM and IZA) Beatriz Muriel (Instituto de Estudios Avanzados en Desarrollo (INESAD)) Germano Mwabu (University of Nairobi) Shalindra Mylvaganam (World Bank) Maryam Naghsh Nejad (IZA) Paula Nagler (Maastricht University) Gabriel Natividad (Universidad de Piura) Rafael Novella (Inter-American Development Bank) David Olatunji (African Business Roundtable) Morne Oosthuizen (University of Cape Town) James Osarenkhoe (African Business Roundtable) Owen Ozier (World Bank) Pierella Paci (World Bank) Carmen Pagés (Inter-American Development Bank and IZA) Amparo Palacios-Lopez (World Bank) Sarah Pearlman (Vassar College) Martino Pelli (University of Sherbrooke) Klara Sabirianova Peter (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and IZA) Janneke Pieters (Wageningen University and IZA) Matloob Piracha (University of Kent and IZA) Caio Piza (World Bank) Felipe Portocarrero (Universidad del Pacifico) Josefina Posadas (World Bank) Maria Prada (University of Maryland) Todd Pugatch (Oregon State University and IZA) Pedro Raposo (Universidade Catolica Portuguesa, Lisbon) Ericka G. Rascon Ramirez (University of Essex) Rafael Perez Ribas (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Jamele Rigolini (World Bank and IZA) Laura Ripani (Inter-American Development Bank) David A. Robalino (World Bank and IZA) Carolina Robino (International Development Research Centre (IDRC)) Jose Rodriguez (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú) Núria Rodríguez-Planas (Queens College, CUNY and IZA) Nina Rosas (World Bank) José Rosero (INEC Ecuador) Friederike Rother (World Bank) Isabel Ruiz (University of Oxford) Joyce Sadka (ITAM, Mexico) Abla Safir (World Bank) Sarani Saha (Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur) Alan Sanchez (GRADE) Maria Laura Sanchez Puerta (World Bank and IZA) Matteo Sandi (University of Sussex) Margarita Sanfeliu (Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUSADES), El Salvador) Indhira Santos (World Bank) Stefano Scarpetta (OECD and IZA) Heather Schofield (Harvard University) Elizabeth Schroeder (Oregon State University) Admasu Shiferaw (The College of William and Mary) Lorraine S. Shim (Jobs Knowledge Platform and World Bank) Emmanuel Skoufias (World Bank) Jan Svejnar (Columbia University and IZA) Massimiliano Tani (IZA) Caroline Theoharides (University of Michigan) Anja Tolonen (University of Gothenburg) Leopoldo Tornarolli (CEDLAS-UNLP) Trang Tran (University of Maryland at College Park) Margaret Triyana (Stanford University) Semih Tumen (Central Bank of Turkey) Sergio Urzua (University of Maryland and IZA) Renos Vakis (World Bank) Carlos Vargas-Silva (University of Oxford) Luciana Velarde (Universidad del Pacifico) Kate Vyborny (University of Oxford) Mathis Wagner (Boston College) Theodora Xenogiani (OECD and IZA) Gustavo Yamada (Universidad del Pacifico) Klaus F. Zimmermann (IZA and University of Bonn)