Better Jobs for Development

2020 Jobs and Development Conference

Better Jobs for Development

Following the success of the 2016, 2018 and 2019 Jobs and Development Conferences in Washington DC and Bogotá, the World Bank, the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), the Network on Jobs and Development and UNU-WIDER are organizing a follow-up conference focused on 'Development for Better Jobs'. The conference will be held online on 1-4 September 2020.

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 minutes and consist of six presentations, including time for questions and answers. Presentations are planned to be 10-minute-long flash-talks with three slides. There will be four or five sessions each day scheduled according to the time zones of speakers.

The programme with more details on presentations is available here 

Any queries can be emailed to IZA Senior Event Manager Ms. Viola Hartmann at

Keynote speakers

The conference will feature two keynote speakers.

Thursday 3 September 2020, 15:00 (CEST, UTC+2):

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

Friday 4 September 2020, 15:00 (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.

Tuesday 2 September 2020, 15:00 (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 (International Labour Organization)
Martha Chen (Harvard Kennedy School)
Haroon Bhorat (University of Cape Town and IZA)