This year's conference will be in a the three-day format, and will feature keynote speeches, a policy panel, 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, papers will focus on:
- Technology and the future of work;
- Trade, global value chains and their effect on jobs;
- The COVID-19 pandemic, living standards and jobs;
- Women in the labor market.
The keynote speakers will be Dani Rodrik (John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University) and David Autor (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
The Jobs and Development Conferences is a global event co-organized by the World Bank, IZA (Institute of Labor Economics), UNU-WIDER, and the Network on Jobs and Development–a partnership of research institutes from various regions of the world: Development Policy Research Unit at University of Cape Town (DPRU, South Africa), HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies (HKUST IEMS, Hong Kong), Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER, India), and Institute for Structural Research (IBS, Poland).