Jobs and Development 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), 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).


The conference strives to expand the frontiers of global knowledge around jobs, improve understanding of the interplay between development and quantity and quality of work, and advance the discussion on the most effective policies to improve jobs outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. Each year, the conference combines key-note lectures, presentations of high-quality research and policy-oriented discussions, creating a platform for interactions between academics and policy-makers.


The conference builds upon the Employment and Development conferences organized by the World Bank and IZA between 2006-2015, and the Jobs and Development conference organized by the NJD and the World Bank in 2016. Since 2019, the UNU-WIDER has also been involved as partner of the conference.

Organizing committee
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

Conference managers:

Zuzanna Kowalik (IBS), Yolaina Montoya (World Bank), Dominik Spitza (IZA)