2019 Jobs & Development Conference

  • October 2023

    IZA/FCDO G²LM|LIC - Programme on Gender, Growth and Labour Markets in Low-Income Countries


    The IZA/FCDO Programme on Gender, Growth and Labour Markets in Low-Income Countries (G²LM|LIC) marks the extension of the successful IZA/DFID cooperation, which started as the Growth and Labour Markets in Low-Income Countries (GLM|LIC) programme in 2011. The extension aims at building a significant new body of evidence on gender, growth, and labour markets to help shape gender and labour market policies in low-income countries. Collaboration with researchers from low-income countries is strongly encouraged.

    18th IZA & 5th IZA/CREST Conference: Labor Market Policy Evaluation

    Paris, Palaiseau

    The 18th IZA & 5th IZA/CREST Conference will be on the topic of Labor Market Policy Evaluation. This conference is an initiative of the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) in Bonn in cooperation with CREST. The Program Committee invites submissions for about 12 presentations from academic researchers doing program evaluation research on policy issues related to the labor market. Papers that include innovative approaches or methodological contributions are of particular interest.

    IZA/ECONtribute Workshop on the Economics of Education

    Bonn, Germany

    The 7th IZA Workshop on the Economics of Education will be helf on October 19 – 20, 2023, in person at IZA Bonn, Germany. The conference will combine invited presentations with an additional poster session aimed at local researchers. Presentations and keynote are available via Zoom for an external audience.

    Labor Markets and Innovation during Times of War and Reconstruction


    The Russian aggression against Ukraine has brought incredible destruction in Ukraine and suffering for the Ukrainian population. In the first two months after February 24th, 2022, economic activities came to a standstill for most Ukrainian workers and firms. However, as time passed, the Ukrainian population has shown its resilience and tremendous courage as economic activity slowly but steadily recovered. Like in many prior conflicts, labor markets and economic production have continued to exist in Ukraine.

  • December 2023

    G²LM|LIC & BREAD Conference on Development Economics

    Nairobi, Kenya

    The IZA/FCDO Gender, Growth and Labor Markets in Low-Income Countries Programme (G²LM|LIC) and the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) are pleased to announce a joint Conference on Development Economics .The conference will consist of presentations of advanced stage research by senior or junior researchers, and presentations of early stage research by junior researchers.

2019 Jobs & Development Conference
June 06, 2019 - June 07, 2019

IZA / World Bank / NJD Jobs and Development Conference

JUNE 6 & 7, 2019 • WASHINGTON, DC

Following the success of the 2016 and 2018 Jobs and Development Conferences in Washington DC and Bogotá, the World Bank  in collaboration with IZA (Institute of Labor Economics) and the Network on Jobs and Development are organizing a follow up conference focused on “Improving Jobs Outcomes in Developing Countries.

To expand the frontiers of global knowledge around jobs and advance the discussion on the most effective policies, we are interested in papers that focus on:

  • 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


The conference will feature these two keynote speakers:

JUNE 6, 2 PM

Daron Acemoglu (MIT): “Productivity, Work and Wages: Lessons for Developed and Developing Economies”

JUNE 7, 11 AM

Ricardo Hausmann (Harvard University): “Growth Diagnostics and Jobs”


Please submit full papers or extended abstracts by January 15, 2019 using our online application form.  Notifications on contributed papers will be sent by February 28, 2019.

Any queries can be emailed to Dominik Spitza at Spitza@iza.org.

We strongly encourage submission of full papers. For extended abstracts, full paper submission is due April 1, 2019.


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


Authors of accepted papers are expected to participate in the whole two-day conference. The conference will provide hotel accommodation for up to 3 nights only (June 5-7, 2019) and meals during the event. Travel expenses (including flights, visas and airport transfers, etc.) will not be reimbursed by the organizers.

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