- Daron Acemoglu (MIT): "Productivity, Work and Wages: Lessons for Developed and Developing Economies"
- Ricardo Hausmann (Harvard Kennedy School): "Growth Diagnostics and Jobs"
Key themes and questions
- Increasing wage labor demand;
- Creating jobs in the formal sector of the economy, including mobilizing capital for private sector development, SMEs, and value chains;
- Improving the quality of informal jobs and increasing earnings of self-employed and informal workers;
- Overcoming structural mismatches and facilitating market transitions through education, skills, and other active labor market programs;
- Developing social protection systems to increase security and promote income development (strategies for economic inclusion; the roles of transfers and job guarantee programs);
- Understanding the future of jobs in services (such as caring, health, education, cultural services and business process outsourcing) in low income countries (LICs);
- Understanding the relationship between technological progress, technology adoption, and labor demand;
- Improving access to jobs for vulnerable or traditionally disadvantaged groups such as women, youth, refugees and IDPs, and people living in fragile, conflict and violent (FCV) contexts;
- Gender dimensions of jobs in LICs (including the challenge of increasing the rate of female labor force participation);
- Ways to reduce spatial mismatches and facilitate labor migration; and
- Theoretical models to understand the drivers of jobs outcomes in developing countries.
Travel and accomodation
IZA - Institute of Labor Economics - Gary Fields and Ahmed Elsayed
The World Bank - Ian Walker and Yolaina Montoya
The Network on Jobs and Development (NJD)* - Albert Park and Piotr Lewandowski
(*A partnership of five research institutes from various regions of the world: Development Policy Research Unit at University of Cape Town (DPRU, South Africa), HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies (HKUST IEMS, Hong Kong), Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER, India), Institute for Structural Research (IBS, Poland) and Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA).)