Sher Verick

Employment Strategies for Inclusive Transformation Unit, ILO, Switzerland, and IZA, Germany

I am very happy to contribute to this project. I believe this is a great way to share research findings with a broader audience, particularly among policymakers. IZA’s World of Labor will definitely help enhance the understanding of key issues in labor policy

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Head, Employment Strategies for Inclusive Transformation Unit, ILO, Switzerland

Research interest

Labor market policies and institutions in developing countries, informality, gender, and migration

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Senior Employment Policy Specialist, ILO, advising governments in South Asia on labor market and economic policy issues

Past positions

Manager of the Employment Policy and Analysis Programme of the International Training Centre of the ILO, Italy; Senior Employment Policy Specialist, International Labour Organization (ILO), New Delhi, India; Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (MIAESR), Australia


PhD Economics, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) and University of Bonn, Germany, 2004

Selected publications

  • “Understanding the drivers of poverty dynamics in Australia.” Economic Record 84:266 (2008): 310–321 (with H. Buddelmeyer).

  • Perspectives on Labour Economics for Development. Geneva: ILO, 2013 (with S. Cazes).

  • The Labour Markets of Emerging Economies. Basingstoke, UK: ILO/Palgrave Macmillan, 2013 (with S. Cazes).

  • “On lumpiness in the replacement and expansion of capital.” Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics 72:3 (2010): 263–280 (with W. Letterie and G. Pfann).

  • “Giving up job search during a recession: The impact of the global financial crisis on the South African labour market.” Journal of African Economies 21:3 (2011): 373–408.