While most research in labor economics focuses on advanced economies, the majority of the world’s population and particularly of the poor 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 analytical and policy oriented work is needed.
IZA and the World Bank will organize the 8th annual conference in Bonn (Germany) on August 22-23, 2013.
In addition to the regular sessions in all fields of labor economics and development, special sessions on the political economy of labor market reforms will be featured. Over the past two decades, a number of developing and emerging economies, as well as several advanced economies, have undertaken substantial labor market reforms, often accompanied by reforms of social policy, aimed at improving the adaptability of the labor market and the matching process between supply and demand, while at the same time strengthening the protection provided to workers. Moreover, the global economic crisis of 2008-09 and its often deep consequences on the labor market spurred a new wave of reforms. Designing labor and social policy reforms is difficult in all countries, but especially so in developing countries, where large fractions of the workforce are in the informal/unregulated sector. Moreover, it is even more difficult to implement these reforms to achieve the desired results, given the often limited administrative capacity and enforcement tools in developing countries. This conference will provide an opportunity to review successful as well as unsuccessful episodes of labor and social policy reforms in developing and emerging economies. What were the main economic and social considerations behind the reform? How did government seek to build consensus on the reform? What were the hurdles in implementing the reform? And what were the outcomes and how have they been assessed? These are only some of the key questions that the conference will try to address with the active participation of researchers and policy makers directly involved in the reform process.
The thematic sessions welcome papers:
Reviewing the political economy of specific labor market and social policy reforms in developing and emerging economies
Presenting results of thorough evaluations of specific labor market and social policy reforms implemented in developing and emerging economies
We invite you to submit your contribution by April, 1 using our online application form. Only one submission per person is accepted. We invite submissions of papers in all areas of labor economics in developing countries. The scientific committee will review all papers and make a decision by May, 15. Detailed abstracts will also be considered, but full papers, in particular empirical ones, will strongly be favored. A selection of papers from the conference will be considered for publication in a special issue of the IZA Journal of Labor and Development.
Selected participants to parallel sessions must arrange and fund their trip to Bonn but are offered 3 nights accommodation (August 21-24, 2013) as well as meals during the conference, including participation in the conference dinner.
There are no conference fees. For enquiries, please contact Alpaslan Akay.