While most research in labor economics focuses on the US and Western Europe, the majority of the world’s population and particularly of the poor and the youth live in countries where labor markets often work quite differently. To stimulate and promote research on employment and labor economics in low and middle income countries, the World Bank and IZA initiated in 2006 a work program on “Employment and Development”. Since 2006, the annual conference on Employment and Development provides a platform for researchers and policy experts to discuss new research findings and identify areas where further work is needed. IZA and the World Bank will organize the 6th annual conference in Mexico City (Ciudad de México), this year in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM, Mexico), on May 30/31, 2011.
The special theme of this year’s conference is Social Insurance and Labor Markets. The previous global recession has demonstrated the importance of social protection systems to allow workers to smooth their consumption and prevent poverty. In many middle and low income countries, however, the coverage of social insurance programs is very limited. Available programs are often tailored to formal sector workers, leaving the majority of the labor force unprotected. Attempts to reach out to the informal sector through non-contributory systems have potentially generated further distortions in labor markets by implicitly taxing formal jobs. In this context, the thematic sessions will discuss:
what should be the mandate of the social insurance system taking into account individuals cognitive abilities, access to knowledge/information, and failures in capital and insurance markets;
the effects that social insurance and redistributive arrangements have on workers’ and firms’ behaviors (in particular regarding the decision to operate informally) and their economic implications;
options and good practices to extend the coverage of social insurance programs in ways that promote labor-market efficiency; and
options and good practices to finance the system.
The Sixth IZA / World Bank Employment and Development Conference in Mexico follows up on five previous conferences held in Berlin, Bonn, Skhirat (Morocco) and Cape Town (South Africa), which had attracted prestigious researchers and policymakers from a wide variety of developed and developing countries, including keynote speeches of Francois Bourguignon, Ottaviano Canuto, Marcel Fafchamps, Gary Fields, Richard Freeman, Santiago Levy, Jan Svejnar and Tarik Yousef.
The conference series was initiated in conjunction with the Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) “Labor Markets, Job Creation, and Economic Growth” (administered by the World Bank and sponsored by Austria, Germany, Republic of Korea, Norway, Switzerland) in order to provide an opportunity for development economists and policymakers to interact and comment on important development issues. We strive to bridge these two communities in hopes of improving both research and policymaking for labor markets in developing countries.
Further information can also be found at: www.iza.org/development
Marco Manacorda (Queen Mary, University of London and IZA), Verónica Amarante (Universidad de la República, Uruguay), Edward Miguel (University of California Berkeley), Andrea Vigorito (Universidad de la República, Uruguay)
Special Session B.5:
Migration, Skills Acquisition, and Return: Labor Market Impacts in Developing Countries
(Special session of the Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) for Labor Markets, Job Creation, and Economic Growth)
Martin Gonzalez-Rozada (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella), Lucas Ronconi (CIPPEC), Hernan Ruffo (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella) "Protecting Workers Against Unemployment in Latin America and the Caribbean: Evidence from Argentina"
Migration, Education and Labor Markets
Martina Kirchberger (University of Oxford)
Matloob Piracha (University of Kent and IZA), Massimiliano Tani (Macquarie University and IZA), Florin Vadean (University of Rome Tor Vergata)
(Social) Insurance for the Informal Sector
Michal Rutkowski (World Bank, Country Director of the Russian Federation)
Birol Aydemir (Undersecretary for the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, Turkey) Robert Holzmann (University of Vienna, Austria and IZA) Eduardo González Pier (Finance Director, Institute of Social Security (IMSS), México) Gustavo Hernandez (Departamento Nacional de Planeación, Colombia)
Pablo Acosta (World Bank) Achyuta Adhvaryu (Yale University) Alpaslan Akay (IZA) Randall K.Q. Akee (Tufts University and IZA) Veronica Amarante (Universidad de la República, Uruguay) Gustavo Anriquez (Food and Agriculture Organization, Italy) Rania Antonopoulos (Levy Economics Institute) Birol Aydemir (Undersecretary for the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, Turkey) Olivier Bargain (University College Dublin and IZA) Catia Batista (Trinity College Dublin and IZA) Niels-Hugo Blunch (Washington and Lee University and IZA) Peter Brummund (Cornell University) Felipe Calderón (President of México) Marco Caliendo (IZA) Gustavo Javier Canavire Bacarreza (Georgia State University and IZA) Tanika Chakraborty (DIW Berlin and IZA) Daniel Chiquiar (Banco de Mexico) Yoonyoung Cho (World Bank) Stanislaw Cichocki (Warsaw University) Martin T. Clemens (IZA) Emily Conover (Hamilton College) Amelie F. Constant (DIW DC, George Washington University and IZA) Francisco Cos-Montiel (IDRC) Aline Coudouel (World Bank) Guillermo Cruces (CEDLAS-UNLP and IZA) Alexander M. Danzer (University of Munich and IZA) Prabal K. De (City College of New York) Pedro de Oliveira (University of Sao Paulo) Firat Demir (University of Oklahoma) Frédéric Docquier (Université Catholique de Louvain and IZA) Robert Duval Hernández (CIDE) Paolo Falco (University of Oxford) Arturo Fernandez (Rector, ITAM, México) Gary Fields (Cornell University and IZA) Thomas Flochel (University of Edinburgh) Alvaro Forteza (Universidad de la República, Uruguay) Tiago Freire (National University of Singapore) Markus Frölich (University of Mannheim and IZA) Elisa Gamberoni (World Bank) Robert Gillingham (Economics Consultant) T. H. Gindling (University of Maryland, Baltimore County and IZA) Eduardo Gonzales Pier (Institute of Social Security (IMSS), Mexico) Martin Gonzalez-Rozada (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella) Michael Grimm (ISS, Erasmus University Rotterdam) Margaret Grosh (World Bank) Martin Guzi (IZA) Mary Hallward-Driemeier (World Bank) Alejandro Hernandez (Vice-Rector, ITAM, Mexico) Fausto Hernandez (CIDE, Mexico) Gustavo Hernandez (Departamento Nacional de Planeación, Colombia) Robert Holzmann (University of Vienna and IZA) Leonardo Iacovone (World Bank) Ana Ibanez (Universidad de los Andes) Jaime Jesus (University of Chicago) Laura Juarez (ITAM, Mexico) David Kaplan (Inter-American Development Bank) Tatiana Karabchuk (Higher School of Economics) Melanie Khamis (IZA) Martina Kirchberger (University of Oxford) Laurence J. Kotlikoff (Boston University) Christopher Ksoll (University of Oxford) Maurice Kugler (World Bank) Christoph Kurowski (World Bank) Natalia Kyui (University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) Julio César Leal Ordónez (CIDE, Mexico City) Santiago Levy Algazi (Inter-American Development Bank) Gladys Lopez-Acevedo (World Bank) Hazel Malapit (World Bank) Marco Manacorda (Queen Mary, University of London and IZA) Ghazala Mansuri (World Bank) David N. Margolis (TEAM, University of Paris 1 and IZA) Anna Maria Mayda (Georgetown University and IZA) Melanie Mayhew (World Bank) Tara McIndoe Calder (Central Bank of Ireland) Maren M. Michaelsen (Ruhr University Bochum) Mahmoud Mohieldin (World Bank) Lucas Navarro (Universidad Alberto Hurtado) David Newhouse (World Bank and IZA) Ana Pacheco (CEDLAS-UNLP) Carmen Pagés (Inter-American Development Bank and IZA) Albert Park (University of Oxford and IZA) Janneke Pieters (University of Groningen) Matloob Piracha (University of Kent and IZA) Jan Priebe (University of Göttingen) Gonzalo Reyes Hartley (World Bank) Rafael Ribas (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Helena Ribe (World Bank) Cristobal Ridao-Cano (World Bank) Jamele Rigolini (World Bank) Laura Ripani (Inter-American Development Bank) David A. Robalino (World Bank and IZA) Carolina Robino (IDRC) Edgard Rodriguez (IDRC) Eduardo Rodriguez-Oreggia (EGAP Tecnologico de Monterrey CEM, Mexico) Friederike Rother (World Bank) Michal Rutkowski (World Bank) Joyce Sadka (ITAM, Mexico) Alan Sanchez (Central Bank of Peru) Maria Sanchez Puerta (World Bank and IZA) Jorge Andres Tamayo Castano (Banco de la República de Colombia) Kensuke Teshima (ITAM, Mexico) Christopher Thomas (World Bank) Edwin van Gameren (El Colegio de México) Rosalia Vazquez-Alvarez (Dubai Economic Council) Marco Vivarelli (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and IZA) Ian Walker (World Bank) Frédéric Warzynski (Aarhus School of Business) Christopher Woodruff (University of Warwick) Kil-Sang Yoo (Korea University of Technology and Education) Zhong Zhao (Renmin University of China and IZA) Klaus F. Zimmermann (IZA and University of Bonn) Laura Zimmermann (University of Michigan and IZA) Klaus Zumwinkel (IZA)