Gordon Betcherman

University of Ottawa, Canada, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada

Research interest

Labor economics, demography, social policy

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Consultant to World Bank, International Development Research Centre, Centre for Economic and Social Development (Myanmar)

Past positions

Sector Manager and Lead Economist, Human Development Unit, Europe and Central Asia Region, World Bank


PhD, University of California at Los Angeles, 1988

Selected publications

  • Jobs and Development: Challenges and Solutions in Different Country Settings. London: Oxford University Press, 2016 (edited with M. Rama).

  • “Labor market regulations: What do we know about their impacts in developing countries?” World Bank Research Observer 30:1 (2015): 124–153.

  • “Do employment subsidies work? Evidence from regionally targeted subsidies in Turkey.” Labour Economics 17:4 (2010): 710–722 (with N. Meltem Daysal and C. Pagés).

  • “The limited job prospects of displaced workers: Evidence from two cities in China.” Economic Change and Restructuring 41:3 (2008): 187–207 (with N.-H. Blunch).