Better Jobs for Development 2021

5th Annual Jobs and Development Conference

Better Jobs for Development 2021

The 5th annual Jobs and Development conference takes place online 1-3 September.

Better Jobs for Development 2021 is the 5th Annual Jobs and Development conference. This year's event will feature keynotes by David Autor, Ford Professor of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Dani Rodrik, Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. 

The conference will also feature research by UNU-WIDER and includes presentations from Gaaitzen de Vries, Simone Schotte, and Sam Jones. 

Check the agenda for more.


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.