• 2020 Jobs & Development Conference

    September 1-4, 2020 | online


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IZA / World Bank / NJD / UNU-WIDER Jobs and Development Conference

September 1-4, 2020 • online

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the third Jobs and Development Conference organized by the World Bank, IZA (Institute of Labor Economics) the Network on Jobs and Development and UNU-WIDER will be held online on September 1-4, 2020.

The safety of our attendees is a top priority. In light of the health safety recommendations, we will deliver our 3rd annual Conference as a digital event, in lieu of an in-person event. We look forward to bringing together economists from around the globe in this new virtual format to expand the frontiers of global knowledge around jobs and advance the discussion on the most effective policies.

The four-day conference will feature keynote speeches, a policy panel, and about 90 paper presentations. Except for the keynote speeches, each session will last 75 min and consist of six presentations, including time for questions and answers. Presentations are planned to be 10 minutes long flash-talks with three slides. There will be four or five sessions each day scheduled accordingly to the time zones of speakers.

Program and registration

If you would like to attend the conference as a guest please register using this form.

You can download the full conference program here.

Any queries can be emailed to IZA Senior Event Manager Ms. Viola Hartmann at hartmann@iza.org.

Keynote Speakers

The conference will feature these two keynote speakers:

September 3, 2020: 3 PM (CEST, UTC+2)

Ekaterina Zhuravskaya (Paris School of Economics): “Forced Migration and Human Capital: Evidence from Post-WWII Population Transfers”

September 4, 2020: 3 PM (CEST, UTC+2)

Ian Goldin (University of Oxford): “Covid-19: Implications for Work, Inequality and Politics”

Policy Panel

The conference will feature a policy panel on the employment effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Global South:

September 2, 2020: 3 PM (CEST, UTC+2)

Policy Responses to the Employment Effects of COVID-19 in the Global South: What Have We Learnt So Far?

Chair: Kunal Sen (UNU-WIDER and IZA)


Indhira Vanessa Santos (World Bank)
Sangheon Lee (ILO International Labour Organization)
Martha Chen (Harvard Kennedy School)
Haroon Bhorat (University of Cape Town and IZA)


IZA – Institute of Labor Economics – Gary Fields and Ahmed Elsayed
The World Bank – Ian Walker, Indhira Santos, and Javier Sánchez-Reaza
The Network on Jobs and Development (NJD)* – Piotr Lewandowski and Albert Park
UNU-WIDER – Kunal Sen and Sam Jones

* 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).

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The Network on Jobs and Development is a partnership of five research institutions that is financed by the Development Grant Facility and sponsored by the World Bank Jobs Group.