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6th IZA/World Bank/NJD/UNU-WIDER Jobs and Development Conference: The Challenge of Creating Better Jobs in Developing Countries
December 14, 2022 - December 15, 2022
Call for Papers: 6th IZA/World Bank/NJD/UNU-WIDER Jobs and Development Conference

Submission Deadline July 1, 2022
Notification Deadline September 5, 2022

Organizing Committee

IZA – Institute of Labor Economics – Gary Fields and Ahmed Elsayed
The World Bank – Ian Walker and Maddalena Honorati
The Network on Jobs and Development (NJD) – Haroon Bhorat and Piotr Lewandowski
UNU-WIDER – Kunal Sen

Keynote Speakers

Oriana Bandiera (Professor of Economics, Sir Anthony Atkinson Chair in Economics at the London School of Economics)
Ragui Assaad (Professor of Planning and Public Affairs at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota)

About the Conference

Following the successes of the 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 Jobs and Development Conferences, the World Bank, IZA (Institute of Labor Economics), the Network on Jobs and Development* and UNU-WIDER are organizing a follow up conference focused on “The Challenge of Creating Better Jobs in Developing Countries”.

The conference will take place on December 14-15, 2022, in Cape Town, South Africa. The two-day format will feature keynote speeches, a policy panel, special sessions and about 50 paper presentations in parallel sessions. The event will focus on policy-relevant research, applicable to identifying solutions to jobs challenges in low- and middle-income countries**.
To expand the frontiers of global knowledge around jobs and advance the discussion on the most effective policies, we are interested in policy-relevant papers on all topics in labor and development economics but especially in papers that focus on:
  • New platform economy jobs
  • Labor market programs and regulation
  • Gender and labor markets
  • COVID-19 pandemic, jobs and development
  • Immigration, migration and skills
  • Structural change
  • Climate change, energy and jobs
We are particularly interested in these themes but don't discourage any relevant topic on jobs and development policy and issues.
Please visit our website for more details and content on previous conferences: http://jobsanddevelopmentconference.org/


Please submit full papers or extended abstracts by July 1, 2022 using the online application form. We strongly encourage submission of full papers. For extended abstracts, full paper submission is due September 30, 2022.

Any queries can be emailed to conference managers at j4d@jobsanddevelopmentconference.org

Conference Managers:

Kezia Lilenstein and Sarah Marriott (DPRU), Viola Hartmann (IZA) and Yolaina Montoya (World Bank).

Online Application Form

* The NJD is a partnership of research institutes from various regions of the world:
  • Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU), at University of Cape Town - 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
** Note that restricted funding can be made available for accepted applicants who are citizens of (and are residing in) LICs, should assistance be required to cover travel costs. NB: Decisions will be made at the discretion of the organizing committee and will be undertaken in all fairness and due consideration for the number of motivations received and for the candidates who are in the most need.
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