Urbanization, Structural Change, and Employment

December 21 2015
Conference on urbanization, structural change, and employment took place in Hong Kong on December 11-13 as a part of the Network on Jobs and Development activities.

The conference was organized by HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies in Hong Kong, a regional partner of the World Bank’s Network on Jobs and Development (NJD) programme. The conference included presentations of original research on the following emerging market and developing country related topics:

  • Urbanization, especially as it relates to labour mobility and employment,
  • Determinants of structural change and consequences for labour demand,
  • Technological change and labour demand,
  • Globalization and employment,
  • Economic growth in emerging and developing countries, including the middle income trap.

The conference presented both micro- and macroeconomic contributions, and a special attention was paid to China. Speakers included Christopher Pissarides (LSE/HKUST IEMS), Rachel Ngai (LSE/HKUST IEMS), Gary Fields (Cornell University), Albert Park (HKUST IEMS), Xiaodong Zhu (University of Toronto), Xin Meng (Australian National University), Loren Brandt (University of Toronto), Roberto Samaniego (George Washington University), Jiaoxiong Yao (John Hopkins University), Sebastian Monroy (World Bank), Alessio Moro (University of Cagliari), Timo Boppart (Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm), and others.

Piotr Lewandowski presented a forthcoming IBS Working Paper “The evolution of task content of jobs in Central Eastern Europe” (with Wojciech Hardy and Roma Keister), the presentation is available below, and discussed the forthcoming World Development Report 2016 presented by Sebastian Monroy (World Bank).

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