2022 #Jobs4Dev Conference

The challenge of creating better jobs in developing countries

To expand the frontiers of global knowledge around jobs and advance the discussion on the most effective policies, the conference features policy-relevant papers on all topics in labor and development economics, but especially research that focuses on:

  • New platform economy jobs
  • Labour market programmes and regulation
  • Gender and labour markets
  • COVID-19 pandemic, jobs and development
  • Immigration, migration and skills
  • Structural change
  • Climate change, energy and jobs



Selected photographs from the 2022 Cape Town conference are now available at the following link.

These images are available under a CC BY Creative Commons license, which requires that credit be given to the creator: Klara Beckerling of Everyday Studios.

Should you require a hi-res version of a particular photograph, please email your request.



While last year’s conference was predominantly held as an in-person event, selected sessions were available to watch via live-streaming to YouTube. This enabled a wider audience to listen in to the keynote speaker presentations, the Africa policy panel discussions and the special sessions being hosted by the World Bank and the Oxford Martin School with the Development Policy Research Unit.


To access the streaming videos, please go to YouTube.

About the conference

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), Institute for Structural Research (IBS, Poland), HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies (HKUST IEMS, Hong Kong), and Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER, India).

Oriana Bandiera
London School of Economics

Oriana Bandiera is the Sir Anthony Atkinson Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, and a fellow of the British Academy, the Econometric Society, CEPR, BREAD and IZA. She is co-editor of Econometrica, president of the European Economic Association, and director of the Hub for Equal Representation at the LSE and of the Gender, Growth and Labour Markets in Low-Income Countries (G²LM|LIC) programme at IZA. She serves on the council of the Econometric Society, on board of the International Growth Centre and as vice-president of the Collegio Carlo Alberto. Her research has been awarded the IZA Young Labor Economist Prize (2008), the Carlo Alberto Medal (2011), the Ester Boserup Prize (2018), the Yrjö Jahnsson Award(2019), the Arrow Award (2021) and a Honorary Doctorate in Economics from the University of Munich (2021). At the LSE she teaches the undergraduate Development Economics course, for which she won a Student Union Award in 2020.

Ragui Assaad
University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Ragui Assaad is professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, where he co-chairs the Master of Development Practice program. He has been a Research Fellow of the Economic Research Forum (ERF) since 1994. He is a non-resident Research Fellow of the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), Bonn, Germany. Assaad’s current research focuses on labor markets and human development in the Arab World, with a focus on youth and gender issues as they relate to education, transition from school-to-work, labor force participation, employment and unemployment, informality, migration, and family formation. Under the auspices of ERF, he led the design and implementation of several nationally-representative longitudinal surveys of labor market conditions in Arab countries.

Keynote speakers of 2022 edition


Oriana Bandiera, Sir Anthony Atkinson Professor of 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

Previous conferences

  14-15 December
  Cape Town, South Africa
The 6th IZA/World Bank/NJD/UNU-WIDER Jobs and Development Conference is focused on “The Challenge of Creating Better Jobs in Developing Countries”.
  01-03 September
Among the wide range of topics discussed, experts highlighted the importance of remittances as a financial lifeline to developing countries and the role of institutions, infrastructure, data, and host country support in protecting migrant workers.
  01-04 September
With a special focus on COVID-19, the fourth Jobs and Development Conference: “Better Jobs for Development” discussed a wide range of development issues, including inequality, informality, labor mobility, and globalization.
  06-07 June
  Washington, D.C.
The World Bank Jobs Group, in collaboration with IZA (Institute of Labor Economics) and the Network on Jobs and Development, organized the third edition of the Jobs and Development Conference on the theme "Improving Jobs Outcomes in Developing Countries" on June 6-7, 2019, in Washington D.C.
  11-12 May
  Bogotá, Colombia
Nearly 100 economists, researchers, and policymakers from 25 countries joined the second edition of the Jobs & Development Conference at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia, on May 11-12, 2018.